Patent Number: 6,250,825

Title: Color ribbon for tipper apparatus and card-issuing system

Abstract: The present invention relates to a tipper apparatus for pigmenting the embossed section (raised characters for copying) of a card used to perform transactions by a customer at financial institutions or the like. The tipper apparatus comprises a card feeder for feeding a card; a pusher for pressing a color ribbon against the embossed section of the card fed by the card feeder; a ribbon driver for advancing and winding the color ribbon; and a controller for controlling the card feeder and the ribbon driver on the basis of tipping signals received from a host apparatus, transporting the card and the effective section of the ribbon to the pusher, and actuating the pusher. In addition, the controller comprises a color selector for performing a control routine such that the ribbon driver is controlled when a tipping color has been specified by the host apparatus, and a color area of the same color as the tipping color is selected from a plurality of color areas on the color ribbon and is transported to the pusher; and a pressure setter for setting the mode of operation for the pusher in accordance with the tipping color specified by the host apparatus.

Inventors: Kazo; Osamu (Tokyo, JP), Kokubo; Tsuyoshi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: NEC Corporation

International Classification: B41J 31/09 (20060101); B41J 35/28 (20060101); B41J 035/28 (); B41J 031/09 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018