GNT 3601 tape punch docs?
chrise at pobox.com
Sun Feb 8 17:10:32 CST 2009
On Thursday (01/29/2009 at 07:22PM +0000), Tony Duell wrote:
> > supply problem because as soon as you try to punch all eight holes with
> > the front panel test button, the power LED dims and the punch jams,
> What type of mechanism does this punch use? In my experience there are 2
> basic types :
> 1) Solenoids to driectly operate the punch pins (that is, the punching
> force comes entirely from the solenoid), and a (stepper) motor to move
> the tape. For example the Facit 4070
> 2) A continuously rotating camshaft (normally with a mains-powered
> motor). The solenoids operate linkages (or clutches) to operate the punch
> pins, the punching force comes form the motor, not the solenoids. Anther
> solenoid opeates the tape feed mechanism, again the power comes from the
> motor. For example the Teletype BRPE, Tally 420, etc.
> Needless to say the solenoids in the second type are much smaller and
> take much less current.
This unit, GNT 3601, is type #2 that you describe. The root of the
problem was that the pins were seized in their slide-ways and when the
little solenoids tried to push them, they could not. Only the pin for
punching the feed hole was really movable. I loosened them with some
alchohol, moved them back and forth a lot and then put a tiny amount of
light oil on them. Free as a bird and smooth as can be now.
> > apparently from lack of umph to complete the mission. It could also be
> > jamming to start with and that causes the power drop I suppose.
> Can you tuen things by hand (power off, of course) and operate the
> solenoids by hand to see if the mechanism can be got to work?
External to the punch mechanism, everything seemed OK... but deep
inside these pins were binding and nobody was gonna play that way.
The solenoids are very tiny and completely enclosed inside the punch
mechanism. The only thing external is a pulley around which goes
a round belt over to a DC motor which provides the power. There's a
bigger solenoid as you describe which advances the tape but that too is
totally enclosed within the punch assembly.
Now I'm working on figuring out the serial and parallel interfaces.
The brains are an 8048 microcontroller and then it looks like the serial
interface is handled by a classic old AY-3-1015 UART, which I'm assuming
front-ends the parallel interface. Lots more discovery there...
I obtained a manual for a GNT 4604 unit (thanks Bob!) and we'll see if
any of the signals line up with that.
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