Currency handling system having multiple output receptacles
Patent 6994200 Issued on February 7, 2006. Estimated Expiration Date: April 25, 2023. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
194/206, By pliant currency (e.g., dollar bill, etc.)194/207, Including light sensitive testing device194/200, WITH MEANS RESPONSIVE TO MALFUNCTION271/158, Using plural platforms during continuous operation of feeder209/534, Sorting paper money356/71, DOCUMENT PATTERN ANALYSIS OR VERIFICATION250/556, Document verification or graph reader235/419, RECORD CONTROLLED CALCULATORS235/476, Control circuits356/51, INFRARED AND ULTRAVIOLET101/2, PRINTING AND SORTING358/486, Scan rate or document movement variation in accordance with data presence271/124, By adjustable restrainer232/43.3, With means for moving the deposited matter within the receptacle209/551, Item counter53/54, Separate delivery of incomplete or defective contents or contents group235/379, Banking systems209/548, Operation of apparatus stopped271/187, By rotating circumferential-pocket members382/135, Reading paper currency377/14, Where the different categories represent monetary amounts (e.g., wages, charges)382/318, Multiple scanning356/429, BY MONITORING OF WEBS OR THREAD250/461.1, With ultraviolet source235/449, Magnetic198/399, By turning only improperly faced items to uniform facing377/8, Flat articles (e.g., sheet, bill, ticket)358/496, Document moves during scanning340/825, SELECTIVE209/583, Reading indicia235/440, Multiple sensor324/252, Semiconductor type solid-state or magnetoresistive magnetometers324/676, With pulse signal processing circuit235/381, With vending194/317, Having electric circuit influenced by check271/227, Responsive to sheet-sensor209/531, Gauge271/122, By restrainer having rearwardly moving surface209/552, Condition responsive means controls separating means324/235, Noncoil type385/135, Splice box and surplus fiber storage/trays/organizers/ carriersD10/97, Counter250/221, Controlled by article, person, or animal271/177, Means to push sheets out of edgewise into broadside movement (e.g., packer)271/119, Separator having non-uniform periphery194/217, Programmable493/438Folding by passive reaction member
A method and apparatus for handling bill jams within a currency processing device is provided. The device includes a transport mechanism adapted to transport bills along a transport path, one at a time, from the input receptacle past an evaluation unit into a plurality of output receptacles. At least one of the output receptacles includes a holding area and a storage area. A plurality of bill passage sensors are sequentially disposed along the transport path that are adapted to detect the passage of a bill as each bill is transported past each sensor. An encoder is adapted to produce an encoder count for each incremental movement of the transport mechanism. A controller counts the total number of bills transported into each of the holding areas and the total number of bills moved from a holding area to a corresponding storage area after a predetermined number of bills have been transported into the holding area. The controller tracks the movement of each of the bills along the transport path into each of the holding areas with the plurality of bill passage sensors. The presence of a bill jam is detected when a bill is not transported past one of the plurality of bill passage sensors within a requisite number of encoder counts. The operation of the transport mechanism is suspended upon detection of a bill jam. The bills from each of the holding areas are moved to the corresponding storage areas upon suspension of the operation of the transport mechanism. Remaining bills are then flushed from the transport path after moving the bills from each of the holding areas to the corresponding storage areas upon suspension of the operation of the transport mechanism.
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