US 3446328 A
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May 27, 1969 D. B. BOYCE ETAL 3,446,328
DEPOSITORY PACKAGING SYSTEM Sheet Filed Oct; 9, 1967 BILL CHUITE INVENTOR! III!!! ATTORNEYS R C A m m Bur G YC R ,8 RW M A VI m m AHE DPIU Y B I [I May 27,1969 3, o c ETAL 3,446,328
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ATTORNEYS United States Patent 0 U.S. Cl. 194-4 8 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention provides an essential feature of an automatic depository system for use in banks and the like for packaging several items such as a depository slip, one or more pieces of currency, a passbook, coins, or other items to be definitely associated together after deposit and to the time of recording in the records of the bank. A cohesivecoated first sheet is passed beneath a depository slot, items are deposited through the slot thereon, a second cohesivecoated sheet is passed over the deposited items and pressed thereagainst as the pair of sheets is withdrawn from the deposit area in response to a deposit determination signal, providing a self-sealing package at ends and edges but leaving the items unadhered to the sheets since cohesive material sticks only to itself.
Extension of automation to deposit and accounting operations without involving an operator presents a number of problems not heretofore satisfactorily solved. Payments such as utility bills and deposits at a bank have heretofore involved personal attention with continuous attendance of tellers for the counting of money and the entering of a record covering the payment or deposit. Machine methods recently developed can operate to identify and count paper currency and coins presented, and are capable of providing a print-outindicating the total value of currency items presented to the machine. Machines to perform some functions of tellers are thus available, and can operate rapidly to serve a large number of depositors or at hours when no bank personnel are present, to increase the capacity of the depository system, but other teller functions have not been automated heretofore.
In such transactions it is frequently necessary to include items such as checks or billing invoices in addition to the currency to be counted, which may require a custom ers statement and the like, and to keep together the items of a particular deposit, whether including a number of items of currency and coins or a group of papers such as billing papers, deposit slips, or pass books of the depositors. It is also known in the art to provide a bulk-receiving container where the individual transactions were temporarily kept separate by the placing of a separator sheet between successive deposits. Such devices have had the serious disadvantage that the separation between materials deposited by different depositors was not permanent in nature and did not assuredly keep together various items which might be deposited at one time, particularly when a customers statement was included with a deposit. 'Ihis difiiculty has made it impracticable to extend the use of automatic machinery to depositories where automatic receipting or accounting is required. A basic problem which has remained unsolved is lack of an appropriate packag ing system for associating diverse items in an automated depository operation, including a deposit slip showing that items have been deposited, or the amount of a deposit made, in an unattended operation.
It is accordingly an object of the present invention to provide an automated deposit system in which a depositor receives a validated receipt showing the amount of money deposited.
Another object is to provide a system for transparently packaging items presented for deposit or the payment of bills, including the depositors statement.
Another object of the invention is to provide an automatrc packaging machine for enclosing in a strip of separate packets successively made deposits in the order of the customers operation of the machine for collecting the successive deposits.
A further object of the invention is to provide secured depository apparatus for reliably segregating successive deposits each containing a duplicate deposit slip of which one copy is retained within the package containing the items of deposit and the other delivered to the depositor as his deposit is etfected.
These and other objects and advantages of the method and apparatus of this invention will be better understood as the invention proceeds in connection with the figures in which:
FIGURE 1 is a front elevation of an automated depository system apparatus according to this invention, shown with the front panel removed;
FIGURE 1A is a detail of the indicator console of FIG- URE 1;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevation, partly in section of the apparatus of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a block diagram of electrical controls for operating apparatus of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of a receipt mechanism for use in an automated depository system;
FIGURE 5 is a top view of a group of deposits separately enclosed in a continuous strip.
Briefly stated this invention provides a machine for receiving, verifying and counting currency, according to prior art procedures, registering a total for print-out, making available a deposit slip only after a deposit is commenced, providing print-out of a total upon the slip and delivery of a receipt to the customer after depositing a duplicate in an automatically formed strip package which is then deposited within a receptacle in the machine. This invention may utilize various prior art apparatus for accepting or rejecting coins or bills and for totalizing accepted currency items, but is concerned with a system for securing verified deposits on an automated basis including packaging and controls for validating stated deposits.
A system according to the present invention consists of apparatus housed generally Within a cabinet having a top arranged in the manner of a table or counter top along one side of which a console displays automatic indicators for items of currency deposited. Coins of various denominations are inserted into a slot with an automatic indicator of the magnitude of the coin and, upon acceptance, the value is entered into a total indicated on a console adjacent the counter top. Paper currency is entered in a special receptacle, preferably of the pull-out drawer type to receive one bill at a time, which is then inserted into the machine by reinserting the drawer, after which the magnitude and acceptability of the bill is detected and registered as part of the accumulated total of money deposited. In the event of refusal of a bill a console light indicates refusal thereby to inform the depositor that this bill is not accepted and must be removed. Deposit of either an acceptable coin or bill initiates a deposit cycle and presents a receipt form for completion by the customer.
Thus the apparatusoperates in a manner of an automated bank teller for accepting customers deposits. It receives and registers both coins and hills with automatic recordation of each deposit and accumulation of a total which is displayed in a suitable lighted fixture. Before the completion of a deposit each customer completes a form of deposit slip, and this deposit slip receives an imprint of the automatically registered deposits and, upon actuation of the deposit completion signal by a suitable switch, the apparatus operates to deliver one copy of the deposit slip as a receipt to the customer while depositing a duplicate copy thereof in the same packet which receives any paper currency or other papers deposited during the transaction. In this manner each denomination of coil or paper money is identified before acceptance and, upon an acceptance, is registered within the machine in apparatus generally similar to adding machine or cash register totalizers, and this totalizer records and displays the total for verification by the customer before printout. In the event checks are deposited with currency the customer writes in the identification and amount of the check on the receipt form and deposits this check along with the paper currency for inclusion within a package which retains in a single unit all of the paper items involved in a single deposit. After the depositor verifies the total deposited with that indicated on the totalizer, he operates a deposit completion switch to set in motion the mechanism for packaging the deposit and advancing the package to the deposit accumulator while delivering to him a duplicate of the completed form in the package.
Commencement of a deposit is initiated by the insertion of either a coin or a bill into an appropriate receptacle upon the apparatus. In the case of a coin a conventional coin counting apparatus operates to accept or reject the coin and to register the value thereof in a totalizer while at the same time operating to close an activation circuit connected with a counter top door which normally encloses the writing area for receipts or deposit slips supplied from within the machine. This activation circuit unlocks the receipt door which may then be opened by the customer. In the case of a coin accepted by the machine the deposit is already completed upon insertion of the coin and the receipt is made ready for completion by the customer. In a case of a bill a detection cycle is also initiated which remains under control of a depositor who must retrieve any refused bills and operate a push button to deposit a bill found satisfactory by the detection cycle of the bill denomination detector. When a bill is not satisfactory, a refused indicator light operates to inform the depositor that he must remove the refused bill which cannot be deposited to his credit, but a bill found acceptable is scanned to determine its denomination and the indicated denomination is displayed visibly at the counter top to indicate the value which will be entered in the totalizer and included in the amount shown in the print-out on the receipt. An accepted bill is shown on the console for comparison by the depositor before it is deposited by operation of a deposit push button, and the apparatus is then cycled ready for the next item to be deposited.
While refused bills are retrieved by the customer and other bills deposited in their place to achieve the desired total indicated upon the totalizer a different procedure for refused coins involves the automatic return of the refused coin which is then dropped through a coin chute into a return container preferably located in the front wall or door of the cabinet.
Paper currency accepted and deposited and the amount then entered in the totalizer in the same manner as the coins to provide a new total after each deposit. Once the receipt door unlock mechanism has been operated checks may be added in accordance with the customers listing on the receipt form. While some forms of the apparatus may permit adding the total of checks deposited to the amount shown in the totalizer another form of the apparatus provides merely for the automatic totalizing of the currency which is verified by the machine itself, and the check items deposited are received subject to verification by a bank ofificial and to crediting to the customer whenever the checks have been processed according to usual practice.
A suitable form of receipt delivery mechanism includes a receptacle within the machine in which preprinted receipt forms are available in roll or, conveniently, in folded duplicate form to provide duplicate copies wherein writing on the upper copy produces an ink impression on the lower copy, the forms being folded along nominal terminations between forms in the manner of a chain of duplicate forms. Such forms are normally edgeperforated for positive engagement with an advancing mechanism actuated by the deposit completion switch to advance the receipt form through a fixed distance, and may be controlled in a conventional manner, such as by one or more rotations of a toothed roller prior to reaching a stop position, which stop may then be released as the next operation of the receipt door unlock mechanism is effected.
Apparatus as above described is effective to provide to a customer a deposit slip or receipt form only when he has made a coin deposit or has entered a bill and/or a check for deposit. He completes his deposit and receives his receipt only after he has determined, to his satisfaction, that the automatically counted portion of his deposit is properly registered in the totalizer, and has actuated the deposit completion switch for effecting delivery of a receipt to him and a duplicate to the packaging receptacle of the machine. He cannot obtain a receipt unless he operates the packaging cycle. Integrity of deposits is thus retained for accounting purposes and to give validity to the receipt delivered. Thus the packaging portion of the apparatus for keeping together all paper items is an essential feature of an automated deposit system.
Suitable packaging material for this purpose may be paper, thin film, or combinations thereof, but preferably includes for at least one face a transparent film such as polyethylene to permit visual inspection of each package without opening it. Any other film or sheet material may be employed but conveniently includes both front and back faces of transparent material adhered together along the edges and at spaced positions along the length to form the separate packets. This sheet or film is supplied preferably from two rolls mounted with provision to maintain tension of the film as it is advanced in the machine. Each film has one surface coated with a transparent cohesive material of a kind which may be securely bonded to the film base during manufacture but has an exposed face adapted to contact like material on a second film sheet, so that the two cohesive materials, when in contact with each other, cohere strongly together. Such materials do not stick to other materials or to the untreated face or sheet of the film which may come in contact therewith. Hence the material may be supplied in rolls without adhesion since each coated face comes in contact only with an untreated surface of the same film while in roll form. Currency or paper items deposited on the first sheet are readily removed since the cohesiv material does not bond thereto.
Referring now to FIG. 1, an automatic depository cabinet is shown with the front panel removed. Walls 10 and 11 form the sides of the cabinet, and top 12 forms a counter with slot 13 for deposits preferably including a sliding tray which holds a bill during identification, and from which items for deposit are inserted into the packageforming region 40 therebeneath upon a lower sheet of paper film 21 there to be enclosed by sheet 22 to package items of a single deposit in a packet of a strip of packets then being drawn into a receiving box 14. Box 14 is mounted above floor 15 on supports 16 to house reel 17 which receives the strip of packets through an opening 14 and is mounted on suitable bearings as at 18, as driven by chain 1%.
Rolls 21 and 22 supply webs or sheets 21, 22 mounted for rotation on brackets 23 and 24 at walls 11 and 10. Sheets 21 and 22 are intermittently drawn through the machine by operation of motor 20 to form one packet at a time. Adjustable brakes 25 and 26 are spring loaded to prevent unwanted rotation of the supply reels and accidental contact between cohesive faces of the sheets. Suitable tension to be applied by the brakes is in the range of one to five pounds for packaging the usual miscellaneous papers of a bill paying or bank deposit system.
Sheet 21 and roll 21 passes over measuring roll 27, mounted beneath counter member 12 by bracket 28. Control circuits operate to release a detent, or the like, on roll 27 during one revolution and to operate motor 20 until the rotation is complete, after which the detent re-engages roll 27 to terminate the operation and prepare for the succeeding deposit. As sheet 21 passes beneath slot 13 it is positioned by guide roll 30 to receive the deposit and has its cohesive-coated surface upward to contact sheet 22 from roll 22' as it is brought into position by guide roll 29 with its cohesive surface down, whereby the two sheets are firmly cohered together by pressure therebetween while passing over guide roll 30. The strip of packets formed by the combined sheets passes by way of further guide rolls 31 and 32 to opening 14' in box 14 where it is wound on reel 17. These packets are retained in a continuous strip for storage in chronological order of deposit.
At the sides of a packaging chamber 40 is a front guiding plate 33 while guide plate 34 forms a rear member and guide plate 35 serves to prevent accidental displacement of deposit items beyond guide roll 29, to thus confine all deposits within chamber 40. Within the housing a supply box 36 retains receipt blanks 37, in manifold form or in duplicate roll to provide pre-inked original and copy sheets extending from box 36 to writing table 38 beneath receipt door 39 of the receipt mechanism. As each deposit is commenced, door 39 is opened to provide access to a form 37 on which a customer writes the details of his deposit, including name and account number and items of deposit, generally as in deposit slips heretofore provided for bank deposits. An automated deposit system preferably is not activated at all times but may be put in operation by the commencement of a deposit. In this arrangement all circuits are quiescent until a switch is operated by a coin or a bill inserted to activate by mechanism.
The operation may be seen by reference to FIG. 3. A coin receiver slot 47 is located on the console shown in FIG. 1A, to receive all sizes of coins, being adjacent an indicator for the coin deposited. A chute connects with a deposit box, and a counting mechanism, not herein shown in detail, responds to the coins deposited. A first coin deposited closes a switch 47 connected to unlock the receipt cover door to prepare for the customers completion of a deposit slip. When a bill is inserted in bill receiver or tray 48, and then inserted in the machine at slot 13, switch 48' closes to operate a door unlock 49, such as by releasing a catch on the door latching means. Thus, either a bill or coin inserted permits the opening of the receipt cover door 39 to expose a form 37 above table 38. Opening door 39 closes an actuate switch 42 to enable the circuitry which operates the coin detection and counting circuit 50 and the bill display circuit 51. The customer verifies the denomination displayed at the console and operates switch 43 to cause deposit of the bill in chamber 40 while closing bill count switch 52 to register the deposit on the console in totalizer 53.
It will be understood that an automated depository may utilize any of a variety of computer input and processing devices currently available for reading currency denominations and quantities, charge plates, identification cards and punched cards, such as might be associated within individual accounts or billings, or for determining an amount paid and its relation to the amount billed, and other such business operations as will be conveniently incorporated in a bill paying or money depositing system, such apparatus per se not being a part of this invention.
Since it is highly important in a depository system to be able to definitely identify a depositor and the amount of deposit with the account number and/ or a bill on which the deposit is made, it is important that a control system be made a part of the packaging operation so that issuance of a receipt and its packaging can occur only after completion of a deposit and that a package may not be closed until a receipt is included. An automated deposit system provision preferably maintains the integrity of each deposit until that deposit has been visually inspected and recorded in a central record system, while each deposit with its associated papers must be segregated carefully from each other deposit, to prevent error of accounting in the event that a customer may not perform all of the operations as instructed.
For example, if one customer in a series of deposits fails to operate the take-up reel 17 it might then happen that the next customer would deposit his materials in the same package, with the result that an uncertainty would occur and the validity of the customers deposit would come into question. An additional difficulty may arise from the possibility that reel 17 is filled and is inoperative to prepare the apparatus for the next succeeding deposit.
These and similar difficulties are avoided in the illustrated embodiment of the invention by packaging with the deposit a deposit slip made out by the depositor prior to print-out of the amount of the deposit, and delivery of a duplicate receipt to him, only after he has indicated completion of the deposit and initiated a packaging cycle to enable him to obtain his receipt. When his deposit form is completed and the automatically registered portion verified, he operates a deposit complete switch 44 via push button 45 on the console, which then causes the deposit copy to be deposited in chamber 40 and the receipt copy to be ejected above separator 66.
As button or switch 45 is pressed at the completion of the deposit a deposit complete relay 46 is actuated and suitable contacts on this relay are provided for initiating the ensuing operations. First the print-out mechanism 54 is associated with the currency totalizer 53 is actuated to cause print-out on the receipt form while also actuating a disabling circuit 55 which operates to prevent further deposit of coins or bills until a new operation is commenced by the closing and reopening of cover door 39. Upon actuating print-out mechanism 54 a reset circuit 56 provides reset signals extending to the coin count, bill count, and currency totalizer circuit. One convenient means for accomplishing this resetting is by providing a set of pulses sufficient to recycle each of the counters to its zero position at which point it is stopped. Details of these portions of the apparatus are omitted as relating to various commercial equipment selectable for the purpose. A third circuit enabled by relay 46 operates a motor in the receipt mechanism to cause advancement of the receipt, the relay for accomplishing this purpose being designated 57 and having an output through a printing delay circuit 58 to give sufficient time for print-out before the receipt is advanced for deposit in chamber 40 and the copy thereof to the customer. At the termination of the delay provided by 58 the receipt delivery relay 59 operates receipt advance motor 61 to advance the receipt form through a predetermined distance before stopping until the next operation of relay 59. At the same time receipt advance motor 61 as it completes its motion operates an additional circuit 62 effective to cut off the copy of the receipt form which has advanced into the chamber 40, thus permitting it to fall to the packaging area. The receipt copy for the customer is then Within reach of the customer at and may be recovered by him.
Relay 59 has additional output circuit connections operating a package-forming relay 63 which is effective to set in motion the packaging operation and the preparation of the machine for the following deposit. A suitable delay is built into the relay 63, or placed in the circuit thereto, for delaying the commencement of the package until cut off 62 has operated. Upon the operation of relay 63 drive motor '20 is actuated and a detent or stop mechanism for timing roll 27 is released through a release relay or solenoid 64 by virtue of closing normally open contacts on relays 63. This release signal is continued a suitable time to permit motor 20 to advance packaging strips 21 and 22 sufiiciently to operate timing roll 27 beyond the point at which the detent can reingage, after which the release signal at 64 from relay 63 terminates and the detent moves into a position to restrain roll 27 as one revolution is completed. Since the timing roll is operated by the passage of sheet 21 thereover a separate drive therefore is not required and the operation is efifected by the simultaneous release of roll 27 by release mechanism 64 and operation of motor 20 to advance the sheets through the packaging device and complete a packaging operation. Means for interrupting the operation of motor 20 as a package is completed can be arranged in Various ways as by holding contacts on relay 63 opened in response to completion of the rotation of the timing roll 27 to cause interruption of the hold-in circuit for relay 63, or otherwise as may be arranged for a particular installation. Preferably, motor drive 20 is under control of the timing roll 27 in addition to control by receipt delivery relay 59 and package forming relay 53, with suitable delay to provide cut-E of the receipt prior to the advancement of the packing materials 21 and 22.
Apparatus for detecting the presence of a bill in the machine and for determining the denomination thereof is not described in detail herein since apparatus for this purpose is available in more than one form. It may consist of suitable relays for determining that a bill is in place in the tray located at slot 13, and arranged to be advanced into the machine for actuating switch 42 and bill detection or evaluation circuitry associated therewith. A circuit may be closed while the tray is inserted in the slot to cut off light between a source and a photocell to serve as the bill-in-place detector. This conveniently turns on other circuitry including a group of lamps and associated photocells with suitable adjustments of intensity such that a predetermined reflected light will be returned to each photocell corresponding to the appropriate light value experienced with a bill of the denomination for which the set of photocells is adjusted. A separate set of photocells would be employed in response to the bill in place circuit closure for bills of denominations one dollar, five dollars, ten dollars, and twenty dollars, or dilferent response patterns may be established and detected according to a logic circuit for each bill by selection of the inspeciton points. Upon detection of the bill having the correct light reflection value for acceptance in one of the categories a summation or logic circuit is provided to actuate a bill display signal on the console at window 51 suitably arranged for indicating by lighted numeral the value of the deposit then verified by the machine. The depositor observes the indication on display 51 immediately following his insertion of the bill into the tray and insertion of the tray fully into the slot provided. As he verifies that the bill, for example, five dollars, which he has inserted in the tray is registered on display 51 he may release this bill for deposit by operating switch 43 and this switch further operates a circuit to cause the displayed amount to be registered in the bill counting portion of the totalizer while extinguishing the display at 51. A further bill may then be deposited by withdrawing the tray and placing a bill therein for reinsertion of the tray within the slot. The previous cycle is then repeated, in each case indicating on display 51 the value of the bills known to correspond to the group of light values detected by the photocells associated with the acceptance circuits. When a bill does not correspond to any of the groups of acceptance criteria determined by the summation circuit an additional circuit is preferably operated to light and indicator lamp on the console bearing an inscription which notifies the depository that he must withdraw that bill since it will not be counted. This circuitry may conveniently also be arranged to prevent a further count until a bill inserted for detection has been accepted and released for deposit.
A deposit system as previously described thus consists of a mechanism for receiving and counting coins or bills with a temporary register for the value of each accepted coin or bill and with means for rejecting each unacceptable item of currency presented. A depositor observes the total displayed on the coin counter and bill counter portions, or .upon the combined totalizer 53 indication at the console. This amount will be automatically printed upon his receipt form and upon the duplicate thereof which is the deposit slip to be packaged with the deposit when he operates the completed deposit switch. Checks are also includable in that he may write upon his receipt form the identification and amount of those checks and the checks may be deposited in a specified receptacle at slot 13, or in a separate slot, which is opened for such deposit as by a solenoid-operated shutter.
As the deposit is completed the cover door is again closed to enable the print-out mechanism and to effect packaging of the deposit. A switch on the door housing member must be closed by closing the door. Additionally, a manual push button may be included for operation of the print-out at the depositors option when the cover door has been closed. As the receipt door is closed, a signal is effective to terminate further deposit operations, to printout the value of the deposits automatically counted, to reset the counting devices, and to initiate the described series of actions in which the deposit slip is enclosed with the deposit in a permanent packet of a string of packages accumulated on a deposit reel for later opening and inspection by the bank personnel.
While many variations and departures from the specific arrangement herein shown can be made, and while numerous forms of apparatus may be employed in accordance with this invention, it is applicants intent to be limited only in accordance with scope of the claims hereinafter following.
What is claimed is:
1. In an automated teller system for receiving and accounting deposits made,
housing means for receiving deposits,
receipt supply means in said housing means, including means preventing access to receipt forms until an item of currency has been deposited,
at least one currency deposit receptacle feeding into said housing means,
currency evaluating means for indicating magnitude of successive items deposited in a said receptacle, indicator means for displaying indicia corresponding to said items deposited, receipt imprinting means for registering a record of said items deposited in response to an operators indication of a completed deposit, means delivering a first copy of an imprinted receipt form into said housing and a second copy exterior to the housing means for retrieval by a deposi-tor, 55 means gathering said first copy and said items deposited into a package-forming area, packaging forming means comprising two reels of sheet material each sheet coated on one side with a cohesive material, means passing a first said sheet below said area for re- 6O ceiving said items thereon,
means advancing said first sheet a desired distance beyond said area in response to said indication of a completed deposit, means advancing said second sheet in face-to-face contact with said first sheet for cohering said sheets, except at portions thereof upon which items of deposit and imprinted receipt are located, to form a package each time said sheets are advanced, and 7 reel means within said housing for accumulating said packages in response to repeated package formations. 2. In a system according to claim 1 said reel means being driven by a motor coupled thereto and energized for an interval following each said indication of completed deposit sufficient to draw past said area sheet material sufficient to enclose said items and receipt in an integral packet within a strip of packets for accumulation on said reel.
3. In a system according to claim 1 said currency evaluating means comprising means to register the magnitude of each bill deposited, and means operable by the depositor for releasing said bill into said area and erasing the instant registration of value.
4. In an automated depository system having currency receiving, evaluating and totalizing means for providing a registered total of currency items received;
a receipt mechanism including;
means supplying duplicate copies of a receipt form arranged for imprinting thereon,
means passing said copies over a Writing table of said system,
means limiting access to said forms to an in terval following a detected deposit,
means including a switch closeable by a depositor to indicate completion of a deposit for causing print-out on said form of a registered total,
means effective upon said print-out for delivering one copy of said form to a depositor and a second copy to an area for accumulation of deposits;
a packaging mechanism including;
first and second supply means for supplying continuous sheets of a packaging material having one face coated with a cohesive material,
guide rolls for positioning a first said sheet at said area for receiving thereon currency deposits, and a second said sheet into face-to-face contact with said first sheet as said sheets move beyond said area,
means responsive to closing said switch for moving said sheets beyond said area a distance sufficient to cause items in said area to be enclosed between said sheets, and
means causing said sheets to be accumulated in a roll of packets as successive deposits are passed beyond said area.
5. In a system according to claim 4 said receipt mechanism further including currency detecting means and currency evaluation means for presenting visible indicia of item acceptance and value, and means under control of a depositor for causing deposit of successive items upon verification of value and cumulative registration of said valves during a deposit.
6. In a system according to claim 4 said packaging mechanism comprising a receiving reel, a drive motor coupled thereto, means controlling operation of said drive motor in response to closing of said switch, and means attaching said sheets to said reel to cause package formation in response to operation of said motor.
7. In a system according to claim 6 said packaging mechanism including means for causing said motor to advance a predetermined length of packaging material upon each operation to produce a strip of packages of like length in response to successive operations of the receipt mechanism.
8. In an automated depository system having currency counting and receipting means and a housing for said system,
means supplying a receipt form and duplicate deposit slip arranged at one face of said housing for completion in duplicate by a depositor,
means limiting access to said forms to an interval following a deposit of an item of currency in said depository,
means under control of said depositor for initiating a print-out on said forms of a total corresponding to items deposited,
means for delivering said receipt to said depositor and for depositing said duplicate with said currency in response to initiation of said print-out, means for receiving said duplicate and said deposited items in a packaging region of said depository,
means for supplying first and second sheets of packaging material each coated on one side with a cohesive bonding agent, one sheet being passed adjacent a receiving portion of said depository to accumulate thereon said deposits and said duplicate,
means aligning said second sheet in face-to-face contact with said first sheet as the sheets progress beyond said portion of the depository thereby to enclose deposited items,
means operative following said print-out for advancing said sheets beyond said region to complete successively a package for each receipt, and
means accumulating said packages in roll form.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,105,442 1/1938 Murtagh 1944 2,572,003 10/1951 Binns et a1. 2,971,303 2/1961 Simjian 53-28 3,056,132 9/1962 Simjian. 3,092,433 6/1963 Simjian.
SAMUEL F. COLEMAN, Primary Examiner.
US. Cl. X.R. 53--28; 232-1