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Easy Load Cartridge Loading Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060660D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lutz, TJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A labor-saving tool is described which allows the loading of a stack of ten reels of one-half inch magnetic tape with easy load cartridges.

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Easy Load Cartridge Loading Tool

A labor-saving tool is described which allows the loading of a stack of ten reels of one-half inch magnetic tape with easy load cartridges.

Tool 10 is a flat blade of dimensions shown in Figs. 1 and 2, having a latch opening ramp 11 aligned in a position vertical to the flat surface of blade 10. Tool 10 can be made of non- scratching plastic or metal.

In operation, ten easy load cartridges 12 (Fig. 3) are stacked vertically in a roughly concentrically aligned orientation. Tool 10 is inserted in cavity 13 with ramp 11 oriented toward pressure point 14. As tool 10 is further inserted, ramp 11 causes latch 15 to open. Continued insertion of tool 10 opens cartridge 12 (Fig. 4) to cavity dimension 16, to coincide with the 2 9/16-inch width of tool 10. As tool 10 continues to be inserted down through the stack, there results an accurately aligned stack of ten cartridges closely held in a fully spread position.

The stack is then lifted and placed over a vertical array of ten reels of one- half inch magnetic tape; tool 10 is removed and latches 15 are closed, resulting in an array of tape-filled cartridges ready for packaging.

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