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Tape Library Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081278D
Original Publication Date: 1974-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Koestner, JH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A magnetic tape library, such as shown by Burke et al in U. S. Patent 2,941,738, can be enhanced by employing smaller tape spools and, constructing storage compartment array 10 with a plurality of removable article containing modules, referred to as transient modules. The array is supported by wall 11 terminating at a magnetic tape unit (MTU). An XY carriage on a rail traverses the open side of array 10 for selectively storing and fetching tape cartridges from the inserted transient modules, as well as exchanging tape reels with MTU. In accordance with this description, a carrier handle attaches to the front or open side of a selected transient module for selective insertion or removal from array 10.

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Tape Library Apparatus

A magnetic tape library, such as shown by Burke et al in U. S. Patent 2,941,738, can be enhanced by employing smaller tape spools and, constructing storage compartment array 10 with a plurality of removable article containing modules, referred to as transient modules. The array is supported by wall 11 terminating at a magnetic tape unit (MTU). An XY carriage on a rail traverses the open side of array 10 for selectively storing and fetching tape cartridges from the inserted transient modules, as well as exchanging tape reels with MTU. In accordance with this description, a carrier handle attaches to the front or open side of a selected transient module for selective insertion or removal from array
10.

In a preferred form, a storage area remote from the array, such as at 13, stores the transient modules permitting manual extraction and insertion of the tape reels. If a certain data set is to be employed via MTU, tape cartridges containing such data set are inserted into a transient module at 13. The handle then is attached to the front or open side of the transient module and transported to array 10 for automatic accessing by the XY carriage. In this way, a relatively modest, automatic, storage and retrieval apparatus can be employed for a large number of tape reels.

The article carrier envisioned for use with the above-described apparatus is a modification of the article carrier described in the IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin, May 1973, Pages 3773 to 3775, Vol. 15, No. 12. In that article, the carrier handle was affixed to the back or closed side of th...