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Sept. 3, 1946. 7 w. A. KRAUS I 2,407,020 TIME RECORDER ATTACHMENT AND CARD GUIDE _ Filed June 6, 1945 _ ' William‘AJfrazzs b ,5 - F19 3 _ l >_ W . attorney!’ Patented Sept. 3, 1946 2,407,020 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,407,020 TIME RECORDER ATTACHMENT AND CARD GUIDE I , William A. Kraus, Richmond, Va. Application June 6, 1945, Serial No. 597,842 6 Claims. (Cl. 234—43) 1 2 The invention relates generally to devices for recording time intervals on time cards, cost cards, job cards, and the like; and more particularly to improved means for insuring the accurate posi about the same time, the resulting congestion and hurry to avoid being late is bound to cause inac curate recordings on the cards being stamped. Under such conditions, it becomes necessary to install expensive recording machines which auto matically position the cards to obtain recordings accurately located in the proper spaces, but the cost of such machines is prohibitive for small con tioning of time recordings on such cards, re gardless of carelessness or haste on the part of the workman in inserting the card in the record ing devices. Certain time clocks or time recording devices are provided with a horizontal slot for receiving a card, usually with‘ the card in a side-Wise posi tion, and when the card is inserted to the full depth of the slot, the recording mechanism is tripped to record or stamp the instant time on the cerns. There are also many cases when employees of unusually low intelligence are not capable of be ing taught how to use the machine, when only the present visual aids are available. In such case, an employer of a small concern ?nds it In recording devices in common use the 15 necessary to purchase a more expensive machine, recording mechanism may be tripped manually with an automatic card receiver, or, not being by manipulating a lever or plate which projects able to aiford this expensive machine, must do card. exteriorly of the recording device, or it may be tripped automatically by the card itself on reach ing its fully inserted position. without one. Inaccurate recordings resulting from haste and 20 congestion are multiplied in the case of record In either event, the card slot is made to allow end-wise adjustment of the card thereon, so that the card may be positioned properly by the work ing devices where the inserted edge of the card automatically trips the recording or stamping mechanism, because the tripping mechanism is man relative to the recording mechanism to ob tain the record or stamp of the instant time on the proper card space or location. Such endwise adjustment of the card is necessary because the so sensitive and operates so quickly that the card frequently actuates the same before reaching its position endwise with relation to the indicator, and thus obtains the recording at an improper proper recording location thereon changes from location. As a result, production of this type of day to day or from job to job. recording device has been virtually discontinued. Prior recording devices of this type have been It is an object of the present invention to pro provided with an indicating finger or pointer, vide an improved indicator and a novel card ?xed on the exterior of the device above the card guide for cooperation therewith’, whereby the slot, and functioning as a Visual aid to the work foregoing disadvantages are overcome. man when he inserts the card in the slot. The Another object is to provide improved means indicator is positioned in such relation to the 35 for guiding a time card or the like into proper recording mechanism, that the workman will ob position in a recording device. tain a recording at the proper card location if he A further object is to provide improved guide inserts his card with said location directly under means for a time card, whereby the same is the indicator. properly positioned in a recording device, with As a further visual aid to the workman, it has 40 out relying solely on a visual adjustment of the been proposed to provide an indicator having card. contrasting light and dark areas corresponding Another object is to provide an improved indi to similar areas on the card so that the workman cator which is easily applied to a standard re can more rapidly position his card in proper cording device, for cooperation with card guide relation to the indicator. 45 means to position the card in said device for All of these visual indicators have been inade making a recording thereon. quate and unsatisfactory, because the workman A still further object is to provide a novel guide is usually in a hurry when he stamps his card, which is adapted to be adjustably mounted on a and may be one of a long line of workmen all eager to stamp their cards. This condition is particularly aggravated at the beginning or at the end of a day’s work or a shift, and results in many of the cards being improperly or inac curately positioned when they are stamped, which obviously causes dimculties and errors in accounting and bookkeeping based on the time recordings on the cards. For example, if a group of ?fty or more em ployees are due to begin work at the same time, and they all arrive at the recording device at standard time or job card. Finally, it is an object of the present invention to provide improved time card guiding means which overcomes the disadvantages of prior con structions, which obtains all of the foregoing ob jectives, which is simple and inexpensive to man ufacture, and which is easily and eiiectively used by unskilled persons. These and other objects may be obtained by the improved devices, parts, arrangements, combina tions and sub-combinations comprising the pres ent invention, preferred embodiments of which 2,407,020 ' " ~' ' " ‘ ' 3 4 are illustrated and described by way of example card is fully inserted, the recording mechanism is tripped to stamp the card, and this is done in several ways, depending upon the particular in the accompanying drawing and the following description, and which are particularly and dis tinctly pointed out and set forth in the appended claims forming part hereof. The nature of the improvements of the present type of recording device. ' _ In the device shown in the drawing, the record ing or stamping mechanism is tripped by exert ing a slight inward pressure on the projecting . plate l5, the pressure being applied by the work invention may be stated in general terms as in cluding in a time recording device having an in dicator in fixed relation to the recording mech man as he holds his card in the device. Other anism, an outward projection on said indicator 10 types of machines are provided with an outward which is adapted to be slidably received in a guide detachably mounted for endwise adjust ly projecting hand lever at the lower front side of the device, which is manipulated by the work ment on a time card, whereby the card is guided man. Still other types of machines are arranged while being inserted into the recording device so that the stamping mechanism is tripped by one or two tiny triggers at the back of the card slot, so that when the time card is fully inserted in the slot, the triggers are engaged by the inner edge of the card to trip the stamping mechanism. This latter type necessarily has very delicate and sensitive tripping mechanism, with the result that the stamping mechanism is apt to become tripped prematurely While the Workman is in serting his card and before it is fully positioned in proper location to receive the recording. The parts thus far described are well-known to position the proper card space under the re cording mechanism. Preferred embodiments of the improved con struction are shown by Way of example in the accompanying drawing forming part hereof, wherein: Figure 1 is a perspective view of a time record ing device, showing a card inserted therein for making a recording thereon, said device and said card embodying the improvements comp-rising the present invention; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary side elevation thereof, and have been in common use, and do not in with parts shown in cross section as on the line themselves form any part of the present inven tion, although they may enter into certain com binations which include the present improve ments. The present invention includes a novel guide indicated generally at l6, which is adapted for easy attachment by the workman or employee to the outer edge of a time card I3, and which is adapted for cooperating with a projecting in~ dicator shown generally at l'i positioned on the exterior of the recording device in ?xed relation to the recording or stamping mechanism therein. 2~*2, Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a plan view of a time card having the novel guide means of the present invention de tachably mounted thereon. Fig. 4 is a detached isometric view of the im proved indicator for recording devices; and Fig. 5 is a detached isometric view of the novel card guide which is adapted to cooperate with the indicator shown in Fig. 4. Similar numerals refer to similar parts t11r0ugh~ out the several views of the drawing. The recording device shown in Figs. 1 and 2 The indicator I‘! may include an indicator plate is an inexpenseive type which is in common use 40 M of usual construction and having a screw hole as a job time recorder or as a pay roll time clock l8 permitting the insertion of a screw IQ for for relatively small groups of workmen or em attaching the plate to- the, outer surface of the housing 5 of the recording device. A projecting ?nger or indicator 20 is attached at its rear end to the plate l4 and projects out wardly therefrom at right angles thereto. As best shown in Fig. 2, the bottom edge of the ?n ger 20 closely overlies the time card I2 when the same is inserted in the card-receiving slot 9. The plate [4 with the finger 20 thereon is posi tioned directly in front of the recording or stamp~ housing may be recessed above the slot 9 so ing mechanism, so that the portion of the card as to expose a greater portion of the card when directly under the ?nger 29 receives the stamp it is inserted in the slot. when the mechanism is tripped. An ordinary time card, such as shown at l2 in 55 The novel card guide l6 has a ?at top plate 2| Fig. 3, is shown inserted into the slot 9 in Figs. 1 adapted to overlie the card, and a bottom plate and 2 in position to receive a recording along its or ?ange 22 for extending under the card, plates inner edge portion, as for example, in the space 2| and 22 being joined .together at the edge 23 to 13. As shown in Fig. 3, similar spaces l3ar. have form a U-shaped slot 24 of such width as to fric already been stamped with ?gures representing 60 tionally engage or grip a time card [3 when the time when the workmen checked in or out, forced over the edge portion thereof. followed by the date. As shown in Fig. 3 the guide I6 is applied to The recording device is provided on its recessed the outer edge 25 of the card, ‘that is, the edge portion with an exterior indicator plate or pointer opposite to the spaces 13 where the recordings are M, preferably located centrally of the recording 65 to be made. device, and this plate is located directly in front As shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the top plate 2| of of the recording or stamping mechanism within the guide is provided with openings 26, and where the device, as a visual aid to a workman insert the time card has spaces |3b marked along its ing his card to proper position for being recorded outer edge portion 25 which are in alignment at a desired location thereon. In other words, with the spaces 13, the openings 26 may be made if the recording on the card 12 is to be made on of such width as to register with the marked the space It‘, the workman would insert his card spaces l3b one on each side of the space l3 to be sidewise into the slot 9 so that the space l3 would marked, and thus aid in indicating to the work be directly under the indicator plate 14 in order man the position of the guide with respect to the to obtain the recording on that space. Once the 75 spaces I3 of the card. ployees. The recording device includes a housing 6 supported upon a base ‘i, a clock indicated at 8 being supported in the upper portion of the hous ing and readable from the front side thereof. The housing 8 is provided with a card-receiv ing slot 5.! opening at the front side of the hous ing, and the bottom surface of the slot may be a ?at table or platen $0 for supporting the card in a horizontal position. As shown at H, the 2,407,020 5 6 The top plate 2| of the guide is provided with guiding elements 21 which project forwardly, or ture and is easy and eifectively used by unskilled toward the inner edge of the card, and these ele ments 2‘! .are preferably spaced apart a distance Moreover, the present improvements are easily and inexpensively applied to standard recording substantially equal to the thickness of the projec devices utilizing standard time or job cards. The terms used in the foregoing description are utilized for descriptive purposes and not for the ‘purpose of limitation, and are intended to be tion or ?nger 20. The inner edges-of the ele ments 2'! are preferably curved ‘at their outer ends as shown at 28, to facilitate entering the ?nger 20 into the guide slot 29 between the elements, persons. broadly construed. and for the same reason the outer edge portion 10 Having now described the features of the in 30 of the ?nger 20 is also curved as shown. vention, the construction, arrangement and op The thickness of the top portion 2| of the guide eration of a preferred embodiment of the im I6 is such that with the guide attached to the card, when the card is inserted in the slot 9 of the housing, the inner edges of the elements 21 along the guide slot 29 will slidably engage the lower edge portion of the ?nger 20, as best shown in Fig. 2. The guide I6 may be suitably made of material the parts, elements, combinations and sub-com binations, and reasonable mechanical equivalents which is light in weight, such as plastic material, 20 having a card-receiving slot and an indicator in and may also be transparent if desired. Such material is well adapted for this use because it fixed relation to the recording mechanism, a pro J'ection on said indicator, and a guide adapted for being detachably mounted on a card for slid will not mar or score the card surface. proved time recorder attachment and card guide, and the new and useful results attained thereby; thereof, are set forth in the appended claims. I claim: 1. In combination, a time recording device In the operation of the invention, each time card is preferably provided with one of the novel guides l6, and may be attached thereto all dur ing the time the card is in use. When the work~ ably engaging said projection to position the card endwise when the card is inserted sidewise into said slot. 2. In combination, a time recording device man or employee obtains his card from its usual having stamping mechanism and a card-receiv box or ?le preparatory to checking in or out on ing slot, an outwardly projecting indicator lo the recording device, he merely slips or adjusts 30 cated above said slot in ?xed relation to said the guide endwise of the card until the slot 29 stamping mechanism, and a guide adapted for is directly opposite the space l3 to be stamped. being mounted for endwise adjustment on a card The positioning of the guide IS with the space for slidably engaging said projecting indicator 29 opposite the space I3 is facilitated by register as said card is inserted sidewise into said slot. ing the apertures 26 with like spaces HD on each 3. Guide construction for a time card adapted side thereof. Thus, the positioning of the guide for sidewise insertion into a time recording de 16 on the card is a very simple and easy opera vice, including a top portion overlying the card tion, and may be done in a very few seconds by and having a guiding element adapted to regis the workman as he approaches the recording de ter with a projecting indicator located in ?xed vice or as he stands in line awaiting his turn to relation to the recording mechanism of said re check in. cording device, said top portion extending from When the workman inserts his card into the the outer side edge of the card inwardly thereof, recording device, he merely starts the guiding and means extending from the outer edge of said elements 21 inwardly along the ?nger 20, so that top portion inwardly under said card and fric its lower edge is received in the guide slot 29 as tionally engaging the same. the card is inserted. Once the card is inserted, 4. Guide construction for a time card adapted the stamping mechanism is tripped by pressing for sidewise insertion into a time recording de the plate l5, and the recording is bound to be vice, including a ?at top portion and a bottom made on the proper space I3. This result is just portion spaced therefrom a distance sufficient as readily obtained if the stamping mechanism is 50 to receive and frictionally hold a time card be tripped by a lever or by a sensitive trigger mech tween said portions, said portions being joined at anism within the card-receiving slot. their outer edges for abutting the outer edge of The operation of inserting the card is thus said card, and said top portion having a guide greatly speeded up, without any likelihood of element adapted for registering with projecting error or inaccuracy in obtaining the recording means on said recording device to position the thereon, and the result is that a much larger card therein. number of workmen or employees may record 5. A guide for a time card adapted for side their cards in a given space of time, withoutcaus wise insertion into a time recording device, in ing any errors or inaccuracy in making the re cluding a ?at top plate for overlying the card cordings. 60 and having a guiding element for registering with Thus, in many instances, even large concerns a projecting indicator on said recording device, employing 100 or more people, are able to use the and ?ange means connected to and extending less expensive recorder in combination With the below said top plate for frictionally gripping the improved card guide and attachment, because card to mount the guide at a desired location the use of these devices, in combination with the 65 endwise thereon, less expensive machine, especially of the trigger 6. A guide for a time card adapted for side trip type, will enable a great many more em wise insertion into a time recording device, in ployees to registers their time cards more speed cluding a slotted guide element for overlying the ily and yet accurately position them. card and for straddling a projecting indicator The present improvements provide for posi 70 on the recording device as the card is inserted tioning time cards accurately in a recording de therein, and ?ange means on said guide for fric vice, without relying solely on a visual adjust tionally gripping the card to mount the guide at ment- of the card by the workman, and the inven a desired location endwise thereon. tion is very simple and inexpensive to manurac WILLIAM A. KRAUB.