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Disk Pick-Up Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112941D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

DenHartog, BR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a tool that was designed to grab a disk at two points and lift it straight up from a wet polish pad without sliding. Once the disk is clamped in the disk pick-up tool, it can be placed directly into a storage cassette or removed from the tool by hand and inspected.

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Disk Pick-Up Tool

      Disclosed is a tool that was designed to grab a disk at two
points and lift it straight up from a wet polish pad without sliding.
Once the disk is clamped in the disk pick-up tool, it can be placed
directly into a storage cassette or removed from the tool by hand and
inspected.

      The disk pick-up tool being disclosed uses jaws to clamp the
disk at two locations.  These jaws have a "V"-groove cut in them so
that the angle of the "V" prevents any part of the jaw from
contacting the flat surface of the disk.  The grooves are cut at a
disk conforming radius and the jaw width is maximized to prevent edge
damage to the disk by spreading the pressure out evenly over the
entire width of the jaw.  The two jaws start by being slightly
further apart than the distance between the two clamp points.  The
jaws are placed on the pad so that the disk is between them.  Then
the two jaws are brought together by gripping the ergonomic handle of
the tool and drawing the trigger backwards.  The ramp of the "V"
contacts the edge of the disk, and as the handle and trigger are
compressed, the disk leaps straight up into the groove.

      This tool design is adaptable for different lifting
applications by modifying the shape of the jaws and by changing the
distance between the jaws.