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Cartridge Handling Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077403D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Proper, DS: AUTHOR

Abstract

It is desired to have a rapid-operating, low-cost, magnetic-record cartridge autoloading mechanism. This goal can be achieved by using gravity to transfer a cartridge from a cartridge carrier to an output position, while the cartridge carrier is moving from a work station to a loading position.

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Cartridge Handling Mechanism

It is desired to have a rapid-operating, low-cost, magnetic-record cartridge autoloading mechanism. This goal can be achieved by using gravity to transfer a cartridge from a cartridge carrier to an output position, while the cartridge carrier is moving from a work station to a loading position.

Cartridge 10 is received through an input pneumatic tube at loading station
11. Station 11 includes platform 12 holding cartridge 10 in position to be picked up by cartridge carrier 13, which is controlled by loader controls 14 (not described). As soon as cartridge carrier 13 engages cartridge 10, it carries it to work position 15. Carrier 13 may retain cartridge 10 in a holding position or, in the alternative, may be released for facilitating record processing.

On the return path, carrier 13 is opened as at 16, dropping cartridge 10 as indicated by dotted line 17, onto ramp 18 permitting gravity to move it to loading position 20. The incline of ramp 18 is relatively steep adjacent platform 12 to ensure cartridge 17 is maintained in proper orientation. Ramp 18 extends under wide opening 21 to permit slow-opening carrier 13 to drop cartridge 17 anywhere along ramp 18, while traveling at maximum speed toward loading position 11.

In the alternative, a pneumatic air supply may be used to move cartridge 10 between loading position 11 and work position 15. In this case, hinged platform portion 22 is aligned with platform 12 when cartridge 10 is trans...