Billing Machine

Billing Machine

 

a device for the processing of alphanumeric documents—for example, accounts, invoice-payment demands, payrolls, and construction estimates—that require simple calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and the computation of percentages. The machine also automatically prints the result of a processing operation on paper by means of a typewriter and simultaneously records the result on an auxiliary information carrier, such as a magnetic tape, a punch tape, or punch cards.

A billing machine consists of an electric typewriter, a calculator (in a modern accounting machine, a minicomputer), a programmed control device, and a unit for recording the information on an auxiliary carrier. Billing machines are used, for example, at computer consoles, in bookkeeping departments of commercial and industrial enterprises, in banks, in large warehouses, and in construction and assembly-installation directorates. The use of such machines substantially expedites the processing of accounting and financial documentation. With the development of automated control systems, billing machines have been employed as input terminals for such systems.

The various billing machine models differ in the width of the typewriter carriage (32, 45, or 62 centimeters), the set of computational operations performed, and the degree of automation. The model VA-345M and VA-345P machines are widely used in the Soviet Union, as well as such machines as the Soemtron, which is manufactured in the German Democratic Republic.

REFERENCES

Mekhanizatsiia inzhenerno-tekhnicheskogo i upravlencheskogo truda. Leningrad, 1973.
Ivanov, A. P., R. G. Bragina, and L. D. Abramova. Tekhnicheskoe obespechenie avtomatizirovannykh sistem upravleniia. Moscow, 1974.

IU. F. SHCHELOCHKOV

References in periodicals archive ?
These labs are using their LIS as something more than just the traditional workflow engine, billing machine, or report typewriter.
I typed the handwritten calculations on an Elliot's billing machine which would print the confirmation if the calculations were correct.
The footage showed Lamba walking towards the counter of the shop and toppling a billing machine. One of her colleagues was seen pushing down everything from a table.
The threats get multiplied at the billing terminal of retailers, as thousands of cards are swapped every month on each billing machine. It might not have happened or reported, but imagine the fate of a retailer, where clients refuse to swipe their credit cards after such an attack.
Fees can be paid through the e-Dirham billing machine and direct payment method when the e-certificate is issued, the statement said.
He said the cash register weighing a few kilograms included the cash box and the billing machine.
By 1910, the "complete" billing machine had emerged.
For now, the swipe cards--dragged through a time clock at work or billing machine in a store--are the closest thing to reality.

Full browser ?