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Automatic Feed Cartridge Pick-Up Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042810D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hu, PY: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A pick-up arm using a magnetic field can be used to remove a cartridge from the storage area, such as in a library system, for delivery to the tape drive system. The picker arm assembly includes an electromagnet spaced away from the cartridge with a magnetic flux path leading to an extended arm section that reaches under the cartridge to contact a metallic clutch plate. Activating the electromagnet secures the cartridge to the extended arm. The transport device retracks the cartridge from the storage and delivers it to the tape drive. Fig. 1 shows the transport assembly 1 in top, end, and side views. The transport assembly 1 can include a rotary table 2 for rotating the cartridge 3 from the storage position to the drive entry position.

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Automatic Feed Cartridge Pick-Up Mechanism

A pick-up arm using a magnetic field can be used to remove a cartridge from the storage area, such as in a library system, for delivery to the tape drive system. The picker arm assembly includes an electromagnet spaced away from the cartridge with a magnetic flux path leading to an extended arm section that reaches under the cartridge to contact a metallic clutch plate. Activating the electromagnet secures the cartridge to the extended arm. The transport device retracks the cartridge from the storage and delivers it to the tape drive. Fig. 1 shows the transport assembly 1 in top, end, and side views. The transport assembly 1 can include a rotary table 2 for rotating the cartridge 3 from the storage position to the drive entry position. A positioning mechanism (not shown) can be used in an X-Y plane for retrieving cartridges from a plurality of storage positions. The transport 1 includes a picker assembly 4, shown in Fig. 2, and rails 5 for moving the picker assembly 4 into and out of position. The transport assembly 1 secures the cartridge 3 during the high-speed moves from the storage cells to the drive and for a return move. Fig. 2 shows top side and front views of the picker assembly 4. The picker assembly 4 includes a slide 6 that supports the assembly 4 on the transport device 1. The slide fits over the rails 5 of the transport assembly for motion into and out of the storage cells. The picker assembly 4 includes an...