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Entry/Exit Station for an Article Conveying Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089001D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bell, AH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The device shown above depicts a side view of an exit/entry port arrangement for an article conveying apparatus. More particularly, the article conveying apparatus may be a library system whereby cartridges carrying magnetic information are stored in the honeycomb structure of the library system. The entry port mechanism holds the cartridge in a position which is horizontal and square with roll paths 10 and 12 so that the cartridges, on entering or leaving the system, are never tipped axially.

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Entry/Exit Station for an Article Conveying Apparatus

The device shown above depicts a side view of an exit/entry port arrangement for an article conveying apparatus. More particularly, the article conveying apparatus may be a library system whereby cartridges carrying magnetic information are stored in the honeycomb structure of the library system. The entry port mechanism holds the cartridge in a position which is horizontal and square with roll paths 10 and 12 so that the cartridges, on entering or leaving the system, are never tipped axially.

The entry port includes cage detent member 14 which is designed to receive a cartridge 16 as it rolls sideways into the entry port from the supply chute. The detent arm of cage detent member 14 is connected to spring 18, and is pivotally mounted at the pivot points 20 and 22. A solenoid, which controls the motion of cage detent member 14, is pivotally mounted about pivot points 22 and 24.

Cage detent member 14 can be in either a locked or unlocked position. In the locked position a cartridge cannot be picked from the entry port. However, in the unlocked position a cartridge can be picked from the entry port with a pick mechanism (not shown). The solenoid, cartridge 16, and cage detent member 14 shown in solid lines indicate that the entry port is in the locked position. Alternately, the same members shown in shadow or broken lines depict the entry port in the unlocked position.

In the locked position, cage detent member 14 is held up by spring 18 to receive cartridge 16 as it rolls off the supply chute. The cartridge is locked behind the entry port cover. In the unlocked position, the solenoid is energized, pivots about pivot point 24 and pulls the cage detent member in the position shown by the broken lines. In this position the...