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Article Handling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000079590D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Treder, JD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Rapid article handling between plural mechanisms can be important when transferring document-containing articles for a data-processing operation. For example, a slow article storage and retrieval apparatus can interface with a rapidly operating article storage and retrieval apparatus. Between such apparatus, picker or transfer mechanisms handle the articles in various manners. According to this description, axially elongated articles are handled either parallel to the elongated axis or along the axial length.

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Article Handling

Rapid article handling between plural mechanisms can be important when transferring document-containing articles for a data-processing operation. For example, a slow article storage and retrieval apparatus can interface with a rapidly operating article storage and retrieval apparatus. Between such apparatus, picker or transfer mechanisms handle the articles in various manners. According to this description, axially elongated articles are handled either parallel to the elongated axis or along the axial length.

Document-containing article lO has an axial end metal plate for facilitating electromagnetic attachment to an article handler, not shown. Additionally, when transferring article 10 amongst several article handling apparatus, it may be desirable for orientation purposes to handle article 10 parallel to its elongated axis. For facilitating this arrangement, article 10 has rectangularly annular picking flanges extending axially outward from both ends.

A typical mechanism for handling article 10 in the plane parallel to its elongated axis includes rotatably mounted article transfer mechanism 12. Camming and release mechanisms, not shown, in shroud 13 operate article retaining fingers 15, 16 for selectively fetching and storing an article 10. Fingers are bifurcated, as shown, for more precisely aligning rectangular article 10. The article may be nested or held flat against a spring-loaded platform, as at 14.

To transfer article 10 into the illustrated article handler, the article is preferably pivoted into engaging relationship with bifurcated retaining hook fingers 15....