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Tape Library Input Output Station Door

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109869D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nielsen, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an apparatus for inserting and extracting cartridges from a mechanical tape library which prevents exposure of the operators of the library to the robotics contained therein.

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Tape Library Input Output Station Door

       Disclosed is an apparatus for inserting and extracting
cartridges from a mechanical tape library which prevents exposure of
the operators of the library to the robotics contained therein.

      This design further allows articulation of the door without
interruption or pausing the library operation, in that the robot can
be directed to perform other activities, i.e., loading tape to tape
drives, during insertion/extraction of cartridges.

      The device consists of two joined members, which slide back and
forth parallel to the outside wall of the tape library, in front of
an opening in the library wall.  This may be accomplished by means of
rails at the top and/or bottom of the device (Figure 1).  After
moving the device from one side or the other, one of the members (B)
is immobilized in front of the opening in the wall, and flush with
the wall.  The operator is then allowed to swing the other member (A)
90 degrees away from the walls of the library (Figure 2).  This
allows operator access to the tape cartridges in (A), and the
interior robotics access to (B).

      When the operator has completed the adding or removing of
cartridges from (A), he/she may then swing that member flush with the
library wall and, when appropriate, can then move the device to the
opposite side of the opening in the library.

      Member (B) can now be swung from the wall 90 degrees (Figure
3), allowing operator access t...