Patent number 8752690 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "For example, as disclosed in Japanese Patent Laid-Open Publication No. 2010-152722, in a conventional deposit process in depositing/withdrawing machines, first, bills inserted into a deposit/withdrawal slot are sequentially fed to a discriminator one by one to be discriminated there. If, in the discriminator, detected is an abnormal bill such as a bill getting close to another bill or being conveyed obliquely than allowed, or a counterfeit or damaged bill, then the abnormal bill is conveyed to the deposit/withdrawal slot. At this time, together with the abnormal bill, some bills following the abnormal bill are also conveyed to the deposit/withdrawal slot. In the deposit/withdrawal slot, there is no separator for differentiating between the bills inserted and not yet fed to the discriminator and the bills having passed the discriminator and then returned to the deposit/withdrawal slot. Therefore, the returned bills to the deposit/withdrawal slot will continuously be fed again to the discriminator without being discriminated from the other bills in the deposit/withdrawal slot.
"For that reason, when, for example, a plurality of abnormal bills are contained in the bills inserted into the deposit/withdrawal slot, or even when only one abnormal bill is contained depending on how to transfer the bills in the depositing/withdrawing machine, there would remain a bill which is not subjected to discrimination by the discriminator. Such a bill will be returned to the deposit slot together with the abnormal bill before being discriminated by the discriminator."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "It is an object of the present invention to solve the disadvantage in the conventional art to provide a depositing/withdrawing machine, where no bill remains undiscriminated even when bills inserted into a deposit/withdrawal slot contain a plurality of abnormal bills.
"A depositing/withdrawing machine of the present invention includes a bill inlet section into which a bill is inserted; a feeder for feeding the bill one by one from the bill inlet section to a bill conveyance channel; a discriminator for discriminating the conveyed bill; and an accumulator for accumulating in the bill inlet section the bill conveyed to the bill inlet section, and when an abnormal bill is detected by the discriminator, an undiscriminated bill on the bill conveyance channel is accumulated in the bill inlet section together with the abnormal bill. The depositing/withdrawing machine further includes an identification information reader for reading identification information of a bill; an identification information storage for storing the read identification information; and a controller for controlling how the feeder conveys a bill. The controller determines whether or not the identification information of the bill discriminated as an abnormal bill in the discriminator is already stored in the identification information storage. If the identification information is stored, the controller controls the feeder such that, after the bill conveyed from the bill inlet/outlet is discriminated by the discriminator, one bill following the discriminated bill is allowed to be fed to the bill conveyance channel."
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