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Disk Transfer Tooling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099546D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Malagrino, GD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 is a tooling which picks and places manufacturing cassettes and any thickness/size disk to and from work stations.

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Disk Transfer Tooling

       Illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 is a tooling which picks and
places manufacturing cassettes and any thickness/size disk to and
from work stations.

      The tooling is made up of three main components.  It has two
disk pickup assemblies 1, 2 and a cassette pickup 3. The cassette
pickup is two forks 4 that are mounted directly underneath the
tooling assembly.  These forks are positioned to allow a "scoop"
action to pickup and place cassettes. Dowels 6 ensure that the
cassette does not fall out the back side.

      The disk pickup consists of a solid grip 7 and a movable grip 8
mounted to an air cylinder 9 for actuation. Once the gripper is slid
into place, air cylinder 9 is activated, and movable grip 8 entraps
the disk.  The disk can then be securely handled.  The two pickups
are assembled symmetrically, one on the front side of the tooling and
one on the back to provide proper transfer action when exchanging
disks on the spindles.  The output takes the finished disk off, and
the tooling moves away from the spindle, turns 180 degrees, and
reinserts the new input disk.  At this point it is then available to
return the finished disk to a cassette and retrieve another input
disk.