Hopefully this paper tape punch will allow making various paper tapes. It's related to a number of other paper tape equipment I have, see the Related paragraph below.
The front panel is engraved:
Tape-ARD® Key Punch Model 173A
California Technical Industries
As received it did not work. The solution was to grease the Zerk fitting shown in Fig 2 below.
Fig 1 Top overall view
The spindle at the top left is connected to a switch that
turns off the punch if there's excessive tape tension.
The finger sitting on top of the tape just to the left of the
punch is an end of tape sensor that turns off the punch
if it runs out of paper.
Fig 2 Top/Back - This is where the problem is.
The mechanism with the Zerk grease fitting is not
lubricated and sticks. Needs grease.
Fig 3 Front
Fig 4 Bottom
I've tried to put oil in the oil holes in the main shaft, but so far do not have a way to grease it's Zerk fitting (Wiki).
After each perforation all the keys pop up.
1. Press none, or 1 to 8 keys for the character to be punched
2. Choose Manual (not automatic)
3. Press Perforate
Pressing CLEAR doesn't seem to do anything since the setting keys pop up after each perforation when in manual mode.
It's not clear how the Continuous Perforate key works.
It would be nice to know what needs to be lubed on this machine. If you know let me know.
The tape is not paper, but rather a sandwich that can not be torn by hand. The center layer would block IR light to allow use with high speed optical readers
Tape-ARD Paper Tape Punch - YouTube
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They also made the Model 171A tape reader which is called out in a few patents.
Calculagraph Henry Abbott's time or dollar ticket printers
Dow Jones Broad Sheet News Printer
HP 2748B High Speed Rack Mount Paper Tape Reader
Leclanche Leclanché Battery Short History of the Flashlight Battery
Monopulse Teletype Monopulse Printer
No6 Dry Cell
Stock Ticker Patents
WU5A Western Union Ticker 5-A Stock (Ticker) Quotation Machine
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