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Manual Tape Cartridge Gripper

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111064D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anderson, DH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that allows storage tape operators to return and retrieve 1/2-inch tape cartridges to slots or shelves that extend beyond the operator's reach. The assembly consists of a compression spring 1, outer channel 2, inner channel 3, pivot pin 4, and a retaining clip 5 as shown in Fig. 1. In the assembled condition, the spring closes the fingers on the cartridge and can be released when the operator squeezes the handle to overcome the force of the spring (Fig. 2). The fingers that grip the cartridge could be coated with a polymer or rubber that would increase the coefficient of friction and reduce scratches to the surface of the cartridge.

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Manual Tape Cartridge Gripper

      Disclosed is a device that allows storage tape operators to
return and retrieve 1/2-inch tape cartridges to slots or shelves that
extend beyond the operator's reach.  The assembly consists of a
compression spring 1, outer channel 2, inner channel 3, pivot pin 4,
and a retaining clip 5 as shown in Fig. 1.  In the assembled
condition, the spring closes the fingers on the cartridge and can be
released when the operator squeezes the handle to overcome the force
of the spring (Fig. 2).  The fingers that grip the cartridge could be
coated with a polymer or rubber that would increase the coefficient
of friction and reduce scratches to the surface of the cartridge.