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Cartridge Library System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044746D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hu, PY: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A library system can comprise cartridges of magnetic media wherein the cartridges are compartmentalized using magazine containers. The magazine containers hold a vertical stacking of a plurality of the cartridges. A plurality of the stacked magazines produce a column in the library. Each magazine is removable and replaceable for recording as well as storage purposes.

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Cartridge Library System

A library system can comprise cartridges of magnetic media wherein the cartridges are compartmentalized using magazine containers. The magazine containers hold a vertical stacking of a plurality of the cartridges. A plurality of the stacked magazines produce a column in the library. Each magazine is removable and replaceable for recording as well as storage purposes.

In the Figure, a library system 1 is shown for storing cartridges 2 of magnetic media in an automatic library configuration. The library system includes a storage space 3 where the cartridges 2 are stored, a picking mechanism 4, a library control system 5, and a magnetic media drive unit 6, either connected to or placed adjacent to the library system.

As shown in the front view, the library 1 is compartmentalized such that a plurality of the cartridges 2 are stored in a magazine container 7. A plurality of cartridges 2 are stacked in one magazine 7, and a plurality of magazines 7 are stacked into the library system. Each magazine 7 is supported by racks such that a plurality of the magazines make up a vertical column. A wall 10 separates each vertical column. The picker mechanism 4 travels in a horizontal and vertical direction to access the magazines 7. The cartridges are removed from the storage area and transported to the media drive unit 6 where they are placed into a queue 8 for recording purposes by the media drive unit 6. After the media drive unit 6 has completed its...