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Bulk Input/Output Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105471D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Siemer, G: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that facilitates insertion (removal) of large numbers of tape cartridges into (out of) a robotic library system. This concept requires very little interruption of the robot itself, while allowing a goodly amount of time to load or unload the cartridges themselves into (out of) the device.

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Bulk Input/Output Device

      Disclosed is a device that facilitates insertion (removal) of
large numbers of tape cartridges into (out of) a robotic library
system.  This concept requires very little interruption of the robot
itself, while allowing a goodly amount of time to load or unload the
cartridges themselves into (out of) the device.

      In Fig. 1, the device is shown closed.  The robot is in
operation, and the cartridges to be put into the library may be
loaded into the magazines on the "outside" of the device.  The robot
itself may be similarly loading the "inside" of the device with
cartridges to be taken out of the library.  Once these operations of
loading the "inside" and "outside" are completed, the device is ready
to perform the input/output function.

      In Fig. 2, the device is shown as opened.  It has been opened
in the manner of a common door about hinges attached to the right
side.  The cartridges are affixed to a central panel which is rotated
about its vertical centerline.  By this operation, the cartridges
that were on the "outside" and intended to be put into the library
are placed on the "inside"  of the device, and vice versa for the
cartridges to be removed from the "inside".  The device is then
closed, again in the manner of a door, until its configuration
returns to Fig. 1.  In this way, the "inside" and "outside" are
reversed, and the input/output operation is completed.  The robot
must be halted only during the sh...