US 3614396 A
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United States Patent  Inventor Norbert F. Goldslern 2,459,263 1/1949 Callanan 235/61.12 c/o Gloeilampenfabriek Radium N.V. De 2,742,222 4/1956 Braccio 229/68 Regenboogstraat l2, Tilburg, Netherlands 3,043,506 7/1962 Bremer..... 235/61.12  App1.No. 834,955 3,266,298 8/1966 Whitehead 73/53  Filed June 20,1969 3,358,824 12/1967 Stagnitto 235/61.12 X  Patented Oct. 19, 1971 OTHER REFERENCES  Pnomy July 1968 IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin Automated Blood  Netherlands h 31 6809303 Typing, Kuntzleman et al., Vol. 10, No. 10 Mar. 1968 pp. 1 1 1450- 1 copy filed in 235/61.12Xin art unit Primary ExaminerMaynard R. Wilbur REGISTRATION RECORD AND METHOD FOR Assistant ExaminerRobert M. Kilgore READING IT Attorney-Larson, Taylor and Hinds 8 Claims, 4 Drawing Figs.
 U.S.Cl ..235/61.12R 250/219 D  Int. Cl 606k 19/04,
G01n 21/30 ABSTRACT: The invention provides a registration record  Field of Search 235/61.12, provided with an attached strip with perforations, the per- 6l.12 R; 340/149 A; 250/219 D; 229/68 R forated strip being attached along two opposing edges by attaching means, which along the one edge are weaker than References C'ted along the other, so that the weakest attached edge can easily UNITED STATES PATENTS be made loose for folding the strip away from the record for 2,357,444 9 1944 Armbruster 229/921 reading itphoweleclrically- 3 w H B a v n s J S 5 1 a l I f 1. 04
REGISTRATION RECORD AND METHOD FOR READING IT The invention relates to a registration record provided with perforations comprising information.
Such registration records are used on a large scale, e.g., in information handling machines The purpose of the invention is to provide an improvement of the prior art registration record so that for making it no complicated apparatus is necessary and that it can be handled without the possibility of being damaged, e.g., for postal shipment. When, in the case of postal shipment, use is made of perforations running through he postal articles, this has the disadvantage that the postal articles have to be perforated, which is not always admissible or desirable. Besides this a perforation-apparatus for the postal articles is necessary, which is not always at the disposal of the sender of postal articles.
It is possible to adhere a perforated strip to the postal articles, but in many cases this can lead to damaging or coming loose of the strip.
The purpose of the invention is to provide a registration record with which there is only a small possibility of damaging and with which neither the under-layer nor the postal article need to be perforated.
The above-mentioned objects are obtained according to the invention by the fact that the perforations are provided in a strip which is fastened to an under-layer along two opposite edges, the fastening along one of the edges being stronger than that along the other one.
A simple embodiment of the invention consists in that the strip has been adhered to the under-layer along said edges, the adhesive connection along one said edges being stronger than that along the other one.
This can easily be realized by making use of adhesive materials with a strongly differing adhesive capacity. When one of the adhesive materials gives a good adhering and the other one only a slight adhering, this in most cases will be sufficient.
It is also possible to provide the weak edge with a weakening line, e.g., in the form of perforations or an incision in the strip.
For facilitating the loosening of the strip when reading it, it is provided according to a further elaboration of the invention, that the strip is folded back along at least one of said edges.
Preferably the perforated strips are, according to the invention, fitted in such a way that they protrude outside the underlayer when they are folded back, by which the reading of the strip is simplified.
The invention also comprises a method for reading a registration record according to the invention, with which the strip is made loose along the least adhering edge and is turned over, after which the turned over strip is read photoelectrically.
The possibility of making loose the strip along one side is very important for reading it, because of the fact that the intensity of signals, obtained by reading the strip is independent of the color of the underlayer. When the strip with the perforations is folded away from the surface of the under-layer, use can be made of transmitted light for reading the information.
Further details of the invention will appear from the following description and the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIGS. 1 and 2 show a registration record in the form of a postal article, with which FIG. 1 shows the position with the shipment and FIG. 2 when it is read;
FIG. 3 schematically shows a sectional view of an embodiment of the invention; and
FIG. 4 shows a sectional view ofa slightly modified embodiment.
In the drawing with 1 an envelope is indicated, which is provided with stamps 2 on the usual place and on which the address 3 is written, also in the usual way. At the left and the top perforated strip 4 is fitted, which bears the number 674 in the form of perforations, which number e.g., indicates a designation area for the postal article. This strip can have been composed from a number of substrips each being provided with e.g., one figure, the substrips being fixed beside each other. Such substrips can easily be fabricated in a correct and cheap I manner.
In FIG. 2 the strip 4 is turned over and then protrudes outside the edge 5 of the postal article, so that it is possible to read the perforations with transmitted light. As appears the strip 4 is folded in such a way that, after being turned over, it protrudes outside the under-layer because the folding line 6 is situated very near to the edge 5 and is parallel with it. In FIG. 3 an embodiment If the invention is shown in which the same references have been used as in FIGS. 1 and 2. By means of a dotted line it has been indicated how the strip 4 can be turned over. For that purpose the fastening at the edge 7 can easily be loosened and has been effected e.g., by means ofa sticking but not really fastening adhesive connection.
FIG. 4 shows an embodiment of the in' ention, with which the strip 4 is not folded back in the adhered position.
It will be clear that it is also possible to provide the strip at both sides with a folded back edge as the edge 8 in FIG. 3. When reading it the postal article is moved along a knife, which passes between the strip 4 and the under'layer l and after that looses the strip 4 at the edge 7 and turns it over.
The adhering edge, especially the edge at that side where only slight connection has to be obtained, can be interrupted and can even be reduced to a pair of adhesive points at the comers of the adhering strip or substrip. This in many cases furthermore facilitates the loosening of the strip for reading it.
An important advantage of the invention is, that the strip information can visually be read, when the strip is in the position with both edges adhering to the undenlayer, and that in the position with one edge loose the information can be read photoelectrically with transmitted light independent from the color of the under-layer.
What I claim is:
I. A registration record comprising, a generally flat support layer having outer edges including a reference edge, an information bearing strip including perforations therethrough re resenting the desire information, said strip being attached onto the surface of the said support layer in an area bound by said outer edges of the support layer with the desired information being visible, said strip being attached to the support layer along at least first and second edges of the strip, the first strip edge being closer to the reference edge of the support layer than the second strip edge and having a stronger attachment to the support layer than at the second strip edge, said strip being positioned such that when the attachment at the second edge is broken, the strip can be folded about its connection at the first edge such that the perforated information projects outwardly beyond the reference edge of the support layer, whereby said perforations are positioned to be read by light passing therethrough.
2. A registration record according to claim 1, wherein said first and second strip are generally parallel to each other and spaced from each other.
3. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the strip is adhered by means of an adhesive to the support layer along said two edges, the adhesive connection along one of said edges being stronger than along the other one.
4. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the strip is provided with a weakening line along one of said edges.
5. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the strip is provided with an adhesive edge connected to said support layer along an edge of said support layer, said strip being folded back with respect to its adhesive edge along a line parallel to said edge of the support layer.
6. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the strip is composed from a number of substrip portions situated beside each other and separated by each other by lines perpendicular to said two mutually parallel edges.
7. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the connection between the strip and the support layer is interrupted along one of said edges.
8. A registration record according to claim 2, in which the connection between the strip and the support layer along an edge is restricted to the ends of said edge corresponding with corners of the strip.