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Diskette Feeder for Diskette Writer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062699D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Billman, JW: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Diskettes are fed, one at a time, from a stack of blank diskettes to a disk drive whereat the disk therein is written. After the disk is written, the diskette is ejected from the disk drive, released, and dropped to an output chute. (Image Omitted) The figures show the diskette feeder in various positions of operation. In Fig. 1, the stack of blank diskettes 10 is shown, with one of the diskettes 11 in the process of being pushed to the left into disk drive 12. The pushing force is provided by the edge 13 of jaw members 14, 15. As shown in Fig. 1, the jaws are now closed, i.e., the diskette is not held by the jaws. This movement to the left is achieved by operation of linear air motor 16 which carries plate 17. (Image Omitted) Fig.

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Diskette Feeder for Diskette Writer

Diskettes are fed, one at a time, from a stack of blank diskettes to a disk drive whereat the disk therein is written. After the disk is written, the diskette is ejected from the disk drive, released, and dropped to an output chute.

(Image Omitted)

The figures show the diskette feeder in various positions of operation. In Fig. 1, the stack of blank diskettes 10 is shown, with one of the diskettes 11 in the process of being pushed to the left into disk drive 12. The pushing force is provided by the edge 13 of jaw members 14, 15. As shown in Fig. 1, the jaws are now closed, i.e., the diskette is not held by the jaws. This movement to the left is achieved by operation of linear air motor 16 which carries plate 17.

(Image Omitted)

Fig. 2 shows the end of this leftward movement, whereat a diskette is fully inserted into drive 12. In Fig. 3, linear air motor 18 has been energized. This causes plate 19, which carries jaws 14, 15 and linear air motor 20, to move to the right and forward, out of the way of both stack 10 and drive 12. This movement is achieved by operation of linkage 21, 22. Links 21 and 22 mount plate 19 to plate 17 by way of pivot block 23. The diskette now within drive 12 is written with the mechanism in the Fig. 3 position. This insures that the loading mechanism does not interfere with proper writing of the disk.

(Image Omitted)

After the diskette has been written, air motor 18 is de-energized, swinging jaws 14, 15...