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Article Carrier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079159D
Original Publication Date: 1973-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 93K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Koestner, JH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a machine-controllable article carrier. A main feature of the carrier is a single-lever, single-stroke, actuated interacting article retention and carrier latch operation. Further, once the carrier is inserted into a machine, not shown, it cannot be released for removing the articles from the machine until after the machine has released a latch. When the article carrier is used in an apparatus such as shown in Burke et al U. S. Patent 2,941,738 the open face of the carrier forms an integral contiguous information-bearing article containing wall, for facilitating automatic storage and retrieval of information-bearing articles from the carrier, as if it was a portion of the storage apparatus.

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Article Carrier

Described is a machine-controllable article carrier. A main feature of the carrier is a single-lever, single-stroke, actuated interacting article retention and carrier latch operation. Further, once the carrier is inserted into a machine, not shown, it cannot be released for removing the articles from the machine until after the machine has released a latch. When the article carrier is used in an apparatus such as shown in Burke et al U. S. Patent 2,941,738 the open face of the carrier forms an integral contiguous information-bearing article containing wall, for facilitating automatic storage and retrieval of information-bearing articles from the carrier, as if it was a portion of the storage apparatus.

The article tray within the carrier frame has a carry position and a latch position. In the carry position, the open-face side of the article tray is inward of the front edge of the carrier frame: and the handle, not shown, is locked against rotation. In the latch position, the article tray is moved forward by a single handle, not shown, rotating an actuator disk via a handle shaft to move the article tray and its supporting tray plate forwardly, until the front edge of the article tray is aligned with the front edge of the carrier frame. In the carry position, all articles are locked in their respective storage compartments. In this manner, articles in the article tray are protected from damage during carrying. For precise alignment, a plurality of guide slots is integrally formed within the carrier frame and extends rearwardly from the front edge. To lock the carrier into the machine, not shown, four carrier latches are moved from inside the carrier frame in the carry position to extend outwardly of the frame in the latch position (dotted lines), whereupon the machine inserts a catch, not shown, into the respective apertures of the extending carrier catches. Shown are four catches symmetrically spaced about the handle shaft.

To adjust the mechanism from an unlatched or carry position to the latched position, the handle shaft is rotated in the direction of the arrow "TO LATCR". This action cams both slide pins on a pair of opposed reciprocating slides to move outwardly on the frame, thereby causing the respective catches to move to a latch-engaging position. A pair of guide blocks on the frame extends through a slot in each of the slides for precise movement control.

Simultaneously, and by the same actuation of the handle shaft, the tray plate and the tray are moved forwardly as above described. To this end, each slide has a pair of upstanding cam guides movably receiving upstanding plate pin holde...