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Flexible Disk Handling Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089377D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, AR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The previous article describes a tool for picking up a flexible disk and hub assembly using the hub spindle hole. In certain circumstances, for example, when the hub is lying on a flat surface, it is difficult to use this tool. An alternative tool is shown in the figure which overcome this problem by gripping the hub by means of the three screw holes provided for attachment of this hub of plastic material to a metal backing disk needed for attachment during use to a magnetic chuck in a disk drive unit.

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Flexible Disk Handling Tool

The previous article describes a tool for picking up a flexible disk and hub assembly using the hub spindle hole. In certain circumstances, for example, when the hub is lying on a flat surface, it is difficult to use this tool. An alternative tool is shown in the figure which overcome this problem by gripping the hub by means of the three screw holes provided for attachment of this hub of plastic material to a metal backing disk needed for attachment during use to a magnetic chuck in a disk drive unit.

The tool 1 consists of a main body portion 2 extending from which are two pins 3 and 4. A third pin 5 extends from a further body portion 6. The two body portions are connected together by a planar flexible sheet 7. The tool is molded from a plastic material with all three pins 3, 4 and 5 parallel and spaced apart so as to register with the three screw holes 8 in the hub 9 supporting the floppy disk
10. The diameter of each pin is slightly less than the diameter of each screw hole in the hub.

To pick up the disk and hub assembly, the three pins are inserted in the screw holes and the tool distorted by applying finger pressure to the two body portions, as shown, so as to spread the pins apart until they hold within the screwholes.

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