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Passive Clamp Disk-Handling Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114505D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berg, JS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a manual rigid disk-handling tool with locating slots that are wide enough for easy location, but passively clamp the disks as they are lifted. This tool is used when transferring disks from cassette to cassette.

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Passive Clamp Disk-Handling Tool

      This article describes a manual rigid disk-handling tool with
locating slots that are wide enough for easy location, but passively
clamp the disks as they are lifted.  This tool is used when
transferring disks from cassette to cassette.

      The mandrel A portion of the disk-handling tool is placed
through the center of the disks being handled.  The disk-handling
tool is then lifted upward.  As the disks are being lifted, they are
easily located in the slots due to extra wide opening and large
lead-in angle.  Once the disks are being lifted, the weight allows
the mandrel A to rotate downward, allowing the internal clamp B to
actuate and gently clamp the disks.  The internal clamp B is spring
loaded so that it will de-activate when the disks are released.  The
clamp B moves due to the rotation of the mandrel A and the offset of
pins C and D.  Once the handling tool is activated, all disks are
lightly clamped and will hang straight up and down.  The parts can
then be transferred.  When transferred, the weight of the disks is
relieved from the handling tool, and the adjustable spring E returns
the mandrel A and clamp B to the unclamped position.