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Cartridge Spreader for Diskette Insertion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051283D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Choberka, JM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In manufacturing diskettes, it is necessary to insert the diskette into a cartridge prior to the utilization of the diskette. Figs. 1 and 2 show a cartridge spreader assembly which automatically spreads the cartridge and allows the diskette to fall under the force of gravity into the cartridge. Diskette 10 is held by means (not shown) directly above cartridge 12 and in vertical alignment with the opening thereof when cartridge 12 is inserted into the cartridge spreader.

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Cartridge Spreader for Diskette Insertion

In manufacturing diskettes, it is necessary to insert the diskette into a cartridge prior to the utilization of the diskette. Figs. 1 and 2 show a cartridge spreader assembly which automatically spreads the cartridge and allows the diskette to fall under the force of gravity into the cartridge. Diskette 10 is held by means (not shown) directly above cartridge 12 and in vertical alignment with the opening thereof when cartridge 12 is inserted into the cartridge spreader.

The operation of the cartridge spreader assembly is based on a vacuum being applied to both sides of the cartridge 12 and the movement of the spreader slightly so as to open the center of the cartridge 12. In Fig. 2, plate 16 which is in a stationary position, includes eight vacuum holes 18 on its surface. Connected to each vacuum hole is a fitting and hose assembly 20 which creates a vacuum in hole 18, causing one side of cartridge 12 to be held against plate 16.

The cartridge spreader assembly also includes a stationary plate 22 positioned on the other side of cartridge 12. A floating plate 24 moves in the left to right direction in Fig. 2 along guide posts 26 which are affixed to plate 22. Affixed to plate 24 are eight additional vacuum tubes coupled by hose and fitting 30 to a source of vacuum. Vacuum hoses 28 are applied through plate 22 and grab the other side of cartridge 12 to open the top thereof so that diskette 10 can fall into cartridge 12.

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