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Tape Library Input Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109324D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chapman, TA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

In certain Tape Library Systems, it is required for an operator to input tape cartridges without interrupting the other functions of the system. It is also desirable for the cartridge label to be visible to the operator as the cartridges are inserted. Disclosed is a device to perform this function.

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Tape Library Input Station

       In certain Tape Library Systems, it is required for an
operator to input tape cartridges without interrupting the other
functions of the system.  It is also desirable for the cartridge
label to be visible to the operator as the cartridges are inserted.
Disclosed is a device to perform this function.

      When activated, a door automatically rotates open.  As the door
opens, it is rotated to a position behind the cartridge module,
preventing operator access to the robot operating area.  The
cartridge module then translates linearly until it is clear of the
frame housing; then rotates the cartridge 90 degrees to expose the
labels face up to the operator.  After the cartridges have been
loaded into the module, the operator pushes the access button and the
cartridge module returns to its' original position and the door
rotates closed.  No other Library functions are interrupted during
the procedure.  Operator access to the Input Station is continuous
until the Library System commits to inventory the stations'
cartridges for mounting.  See Figures 1 and 2.