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Reciprocating Spring Driven Circuit Card Loading Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080828D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Corozine, NR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The drawing shows a representative circuit card 2 that is held between a pair of tines 3, 4 in a rack 5. Rack 5 has sets of tines for holding 20 cards, and it has two holes 6, 7 by which it can be located on a carriage 8 of the card loading mechanism. Carriage 8 rides on a pair of guide rods 9 and 10, and it is urged toward the left in the drawing by a pair of springs 11 and 12. For loading a rack of cards, the carriage is manually moved to the right and is secured by a stop 14.

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Reciprocating Spring Driven Circuit Card Loading Mechanism

The drawing shows a representative circuit card 2 that is held between a pair of tines 3, 4 in a rack 5. Rack 5 has sets of tines for holding 20 cards, and it has two holes 6, 7 by which it can be located on a carriage 8 of the card loading mechanism. Carriage 8 rides on a pair of guide rods 9 and 10, and it is urged toward the left in the drawing by a pair of springs 11 and 12. For loading a rack of cards, the carriage is manually moved to the right and is secured by a stop 14.

When stop 14 is released, the carriage 8 moves to the left until the leftmost card 2 in the rack 5 stops against a stationary stop member 16, where it is aligned with the rod 17 of an air cylinder to the right of the loader and a card receiving station (not shown) to the left. After a card 2 has been removed from the rack 5 and rod 17 has been retracted, the carriage 8 is free to advance the next card to the loading position and the rack advances under stop member 16. A photosensor, not shown, is arranged to produce a signal when the rack 5 has become empty. Thus, a particularly useful card loading mechanism is provided.

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