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Sept. 7, 1948.
Filed Oct. 23, 1947
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Patented Sept. 7, 1948
John W. Armbruster, East Rockaway, N. Y., as
slgnor to International Business Machines Cor
poration, New York, N. Y., a corporation of
New York
Application October 23, 1947, Serial No. '781,577
5 Claims. (Cl. 23S-61.121)
This application is a continuation-in-part of
ing lines which are woven into contact at certain
my Patent 2,353,001, iiled December 30, 1937 and
intersections or index points to represent ñxed
.issued on July 4, 1944, there being continuity
circuit arrangements and ñxed data.
through my application Serial No. 521,232, filed
The invention is disclosed in the form of de
«on February 5, 1944.
vices associated With tabulating machines, such
'I'his invention relates to an improved form
as those disclosed in the Bryce Patent No.
‘of record for controlling an accounting machine
1,902,013 and Daly Patent No. 1,762,145. Ma
`wherein the records may remain undisturbed
chines of this kind are ordinarily operated by
:in a. ñle while being analyzed to control devices
feeding perforated records through the machine.
:for accumulating and printing the data repre 10 The perforations in the record are sensed as the
sented thereon. The novel construction of the
record moves and the location of the perforation
record as a machine control element is also a
on the record controls the timing of impulses
feature of this invention, because it is by means
for regulating the various accumulating, print
of selectively connected conducting lines in the
ing and group control devices. It is character
record that a series of records may be sensed 15 istie of such machines that a perforation repre
successively, even when filed close together in a
senting the digit 9 is situated near the bottom
compartment or iile drawer. Heretoiore, in order
of the record so that it is sensed early in the oper
that accounting information could be gathered
ating cycle and is thereby distinguished from a
from record cards, it was necessary to remove
perforation representing the digit 2 which is
such cards from a file, place them in an account 20 sen-sed later in the operating cycle. Thus, it is
ing machine, feed and sense them one by one,
evident that the functioning of the machine de
and then return them to the file.
pends upon a movement of the record to control
Another object of the invention is the pro
the timing of impulses initiated by the appear
vision of a machine control element in the form
»of a sheet of insulation material with a network
of electric conducting lines therein with ten of
:said lines representing the ten digits and other
of the lines selectively connected thereto to form
ance of perforations in the record.
The devices of the present invention diiïer
from the ordinary tabulator control by providing
electrical devices adapted to function while at
rest and providing conducting Wires or lines ar
ranged to contact in such a fashion that difter
An object of the invention is the production 30 entially timed impulses are directed through con
of a machine control element of woven material
nections established at the index points.
with an interwoven network of conducting
According to the present invention, a pair of
threads, certain of said threads acting as a
separate intersecting woven grids are brought
a readout device.
readin means for carrying differentially timed
into contact at selected points of intersection of
digit representing impulses, and others of said 35 the lines or wires of the grids. The woven con
threads selectively woven into contact with var
struction provides extensions bending in and out
ious readin threads and in turn acting as a read
and at certain intersections permitted to come
out means for directing data representing im
into contact and form selective paths for the
pulses to machine controls.
impulses which are timed to be representative of
Another object of the invention is the provision 40 the data. A grid frame of insulation sheeting
of woven data readout connections on a machine
35a carries a set of horizontal lines 39e or wires
control element, said connections extending `to
and a set of vertical lines 40o. With two such
the edges of said element so that even when a
sets of lines brought together, there are a plu
series of such elements are stacked together, the
rality of intersections, each having a location
data on a confined element may be sensed by 45 like that of an index point of a tabulating record.
electrically analyzing the terminals of said con
The horizontal lines may be formed with eighty
nections at the edge of the element.
warp extensions to project through the sheet at
Other objects of the invention will be pointed
regular intervals and with equal spacing. The
out in the following description and claims and
vertical lines are formed with twelve woof ex
illustrated in the accompanying drawings, which 50 tensions spaced evenly and coinciding in posi
disclose, by way of example, the principle of
tion with the usual twelve columnar positions of
the invention and the best mode, which has been
index points. It is only at certain of the inter
contemplated, of applying that principle.
sections that the weaving is such as to bring a
In the drawing the single view shows a sheet
horizontal line into contact with a crossing verti
of insulation carrying two sets of grid conduct 55 cal line and at such points a circuit connection
is made representative of a desired path or a data
direction in such a manner that at most of the
points of intersection of the horizontal lines
value. At most crossings, the intersecting lines
therewith, the two different lines are separated
are separated by the thickness of the sheet and
thus insulated electrically.
by the material 35a. However, contact is estab
lished at certain select points of intersection X,
The impulses directed through the grids are
Y and Z in order that the contacting conducting
received at input terminals ITS and pass through
linesxmayA form a readout means for emitting
the horizontal lines 39o to the contacting verti
a vvplurality of differentially timed impulses.
cal lines 4to and up to output terminals OT3
affixed to the upper edge of the grid sheet or body
On the element shown, it is noted that the
35a. Each of the twelve horizontal lines 39e is ,105 weaving of the lines differs from the usual are
connected to one of the terminals IT3 and in
l rangement inthree places, at points X, Y and Z.
sulated from all others by the composition of the
At these points the horizontal lines come into
'contactiwith »the vertical lines which are there
wovenout‘on'ïthefsame side of the material 35a as
sheet. In a similar manner, each of the eighty
vertical lines 40e is connected to one of the termi
nals OT3 and insulated from all others.
the horizontalñlines and directly in contact
therewith, the'resultV being that when a regular
series >of ytimed'. impulses are received at the termi
this is a continuation-impart, an impulse emitter
is provided and driven in synchronism with the
nals IT3 attached to the end of the horizontal
tabulator. The controlv impulses from the
lines"39c_;'three of such impulses are selected to be
emitter are directed through the horizontal lines 20 emitted through the upper terminals OTS. The
intersectioni'Xfis made at a point in the “3” im
39o at differential times. The bottom line 39C
pulse horizontal* lreceiving line and connected to
receives the first impulse which coincides in time
thewhighe'st order `vertical emitting line. The
with the usual “9” impulse of the ordinary
tabulator cycle. A second impulse is directed
other two points’ of connection, Y and Z, are ar
ranged to read out “9” and “6” impulses, re
into the horizontal line 39e secondV from the
spectively. Therefore, the record element shown
bottom, and the other Iimpulses follow in order
is constructed witha series lof intersecting lines
up the grid sheet. Should one of the vertical
or wires,l said lines-contacting to represent the
wiresy 40e be so woven at the “9” position as to
number 396.I
extend into contact with the lowest horizontal
When recordssu‘ch as that shown are stacked
wire> 39e, it is apparent that the “9” impulse will
together inthe ñle, they will be separated' by
be received and transmitted through the upper
As explained in Patent No. 2,353,001, of which
In a similar fashion any other
spacers-A such as pieces of paper or “Bakelite” in
differentially timed impulse will be carried along
order that the' conducting lines of the adjacent
records. may be prevented 'from establishing
As explained hereinbefore, an impulse emitter
is'provided and. driven in synchronism with the
operation `of lthe tabulating machine. The con
trol impulses from- the emitter are directed
throughv the horizontallines 39e at differential
terminal OT3.
a related horizontal line, picked out by the con
tacting vertical line and carried up to the output
terminal OT3, at which point it passes through
a contacting connection and is carried into the
The terminals ITS> and OTS are metallic clips
which are clamped over the ends of the conduct
ing wiresand on the edge of the grid element.
A good electrical connection is thus established
and made available outside the conñnes of the
grid elements when they are stacked together
as in a file.
It is understood that when operating with the
previously described woven grid construction,
pressure may be applied on the faces of the stack
to insure contact between warp and woo-f line
times. ` The bottom line 39e receives the ñrst
impulse which coincides in time with the usual
“9”. impulse ’ofkthe ordinary tabulator‘cycle and
thenxthe otherfwires=are successively energized.
Wherever one'of the vertical lines 40e protrudes
into contact with the lowest'horizontal wire Sac,
it` islfapp-a-rent‘that the “9” impulse will be re
ceived and .transmitted through to the upper
terminals OT3.
In a similar fashion any other
projections. When such grid bearing record
differentially timed impulse will be carried along
constructions are of thin flexible material such
as rubber, asphalt or other plastic vegetable or
mineral material, the application of pressure will
form the grid sheets, grid wires and spacers into
a related-horizontal line, picked out by the con~
tacting,- vertical 'line `and carried up to the out
an interlaced unit, as a wire supporting structure.
The drawing shows a form of machine con
trol element devised to take the place of the
perforated record and to operatewvithout ree
quiring the provision of separate grids, the record
itself containing all the conducting wires orlines
forming the grid connections. The body 35a of
thlselement may be `made of woven cotton or
glass threads,'or it may be composed of other
.insulation materials such as paper or “Bakelite"
Whichare lperforated at intervals to simulate
woven material. Through this element 'the set
or series of twelve horizontal conductinglines 39o
are threaded or deposited in such a fashion that
they appear at intervals, ñrst on one side of the
record and then on the other side. Suchthread
ing can be done by hand either after: weaving the
body of the element or along with such weaving.
For more rapid operation, selective pattern Weav
ing :is performed automatically in 'Jacquard
Other lines 40e are woven ina vertical
put " terminal GT3, »at which point it passes
through a contacting connection and is carried
into" the adding or printing control devices of
the tabulator.
When- the`tabulator is connected for control~`
by the' grids of the present invention, the usual
upper and lower brushes are not used and the
plug wiring therefrom may be removed from the
sockets'connected to the adding, printing and
group: control magnets. The card feeding unit
is not used, but it may be allowed to operate withn
out .placing anyl records in the magazine. The'
usual upper and lowerv card lever contacts ordi
narily close when cards are fed through the
regular sensing unit, but in the present instance
they may be shunted by closing switches to pro
vide shuntk circuits `around the contacts.
The impulse emitter already mentioned is pro
vided` for'initiating in each cycle a set of twelve-
differentially timed> impulses corresponding with
the impulses usually sensed when reading the »
perforations of a moving record card. This emit
y ter is connected to'be driven by the mechanism
in the tabulator. Although the grid assemblies
remain stationary in a file, each card is analyzed
as though in motion by the successive timing of
the impulses. The different records in the grids
woven portions at most intersections between
lines of different sets being brought out on op
posite faces of said sheet and insulated thereby,
but at selected intersections, said portions being
brought out on the same face and -into contact
to form a circuit path.
3. A circuit connecting device comprising a
with an escapement mechanism for controlling
sheet bearing a woven set of spaced conducting
movement of the contactors over the grid termilines .aligned in one direction and a separate
nals, so that one record after another is brought
10 woven set of spaced conducting lines arranged at
into association with the sensing control.
an angle with the ñrst mentioned set, said sheet
In addition to the previously mentioned parent
are sensed in succession by movement of a con
tacting structure placed in the file and provided
also having a plurality of index point positions,
there being one at each crossing of said lines,
said lines being formed with crossing and facing
ñle of grid line elements, there are three other
copending patent applications related to this 15 warp and woof projections lat all line crossings
wherein weaving is varied at certain of said cross»
case. Patent 2,353,003 contains claims for
ings to bring the warp and Woof projections into
record sensing elements having conducting lines
contact as distinguished from the ordinary
or wires deposited thereon. Application Serial
separated weaving of lines at all other crossings,
No. 521,232, ñled on February 5, 1944, sets forth
claims for record sensing elements having sepa 20 with ends of said sets of lines exposed on sheet
portions free of said index point positions, wheren
rate sets of woven vertical and horizontal grid
by terminals are provided for external contacts.
lines. Application Serial No. 781,576, filed on
4. A flat data representing device comprising
October 23, 1947, asserts claims for record sensing
a sheet of insulation material, said sheet pro
elements, each of the grid elements bearing both
sets of woven vertical and horizontal grid lines.
25 vided over a data representing area with a woven
set of spaced horizontal conducting wires repre»
While there have been shown and described
senting data value and a woven set of spaced
and pointed out the fundamental novel features
vertical conducting wires representing ordinal
of the invention as applied to a single modifica
position, said wires having warp and woof por
tion, it will be understood that Various omissions
and substitutions and changes in the form and 30 tions being either together or separated from
each other and said sets arranged in contiguous
details of the device illustrated and in its opera
regulation and contacting electrically at certain
tion may be made by those skilled in the -art
predetermined intersecting points where the
without departing from the spirit of the inven
wires have said portions which are together, with
tion. It is the intention therefore to be limited
terminals of said sets of wires exposed at the
only as indicated by the scope of the following
edge of said sheet, whereby data representing im~
pulses can enter into the horizontal set of wires,
What is claimed is:
Patent 2,353,001 claiming devices for sensing and
reading out data representing impulses from a
1. As an article of manufacture, a thin rec
selectively pass through the contacting points
tangular sheet of insulation material, said sheet
and emerge from the other set of wires, said im
plurality of regularly spaced conducting lines,
said lines having regularly spaced exposed woof
portions along the length of the lines, said sheet
5. A circuit connecting device comprising a
sheet of insulation, a set of 80 ordinal conduc
tors woven into said sheet and aligned in a verti
cal direction, a separate set of number represent
vi ing conductors also woven into said sheet and
`aligned in a horizontal direction, said insula
tion sheet having an index point position at each
having woven therein in a Vertical direction a 40 pulses representing the data of the sheet.
also having woven ther-ein in a horizontal direc
tion a plurality of regularly spaced conducting
lines, said lines having regularly spaced exposed
warp portions along the length of the lines, said
of the crossings between vertical and horizontal
warp and woof portions of the lines of both sets
conductors, said conductors being formed with
crossing and separated by said sheet at all except
predetermined crossings where they are brought 50 warp and woof projections at said crossings, there
being contact between certain warp and woof
into contact for conduction of electrical impulses
projections of crossing conductors at certain of
therethrough, with ends of said sets of lines ex
said points to conductively connect selected
tending on said sheet beyond said crossings `and
ordinal representing vertical conductors to se
forming terminals, whereby impulses can enter
lected horizontal numeral representing conduc
into the horizontal set of lines, selectively pass
tors, said sets of conductors extending beyond
through the predetermined crossings and emerge
the sheet area containing said crossings, whereby
from the other set of lines.
2. As an article of manufacture, a thin rec
terminals are provided for external contacts.
tangular sheet of insulation material, said sheet
bearing two separate woven sets of conducting 60
lines, said sets arranged at right angles to each
other, one of said sets having lines allocated to
The following references are of record in the
different data, both sets of said lines extending
ñle of this patent:
to the edges of said sheet to provide terminalsv
for external contacts, each of said lines also hav 65
ing outwardly spaced woven portions along the
length of the line at intervals and in number
Re. 20,224
set of which the line is a member, said outwardly 70 2,353,003
corresponding with the spacing and number,
respectively, of the lines of the set other than the
Van Billiard ______ __ Dec. 29,
Bryce ___________ __ Nov. 27,
Gerhold ________ __ Sept. 17,
Armbruster ________ _- July 4,
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