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Multiple Drives Concept for Top Loading Optical Library

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115989D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dang, CH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an optical library concept in which the disks are independently fetched and loaded directly onto the spindles of the drives by two types of independent pickers. One type of picker loads the disk onto the drive with a linear motion. The other involves a linear motion followed by a pivoting motion.

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Multiple Drives Concept for Top Loading Optical Library

      Disclosed is an optical library concept in which the disks are
independently fetched and loaded directly onto the spindles of the
drives by two types of independent pickers.  One type of picker loads
the disk onto the drive with a linear motion.  The other involves a
linear motion followed by a pivoting motion.

The design concept of this article, as illustrated in Fig. 2,
comprises:
  o  A storage receptacle column 15 for storing the disks 2,
  o  A center picker 1 which transports the disks between the storage
      slots and the center drive 4, the center picker 1 is moved in
the
      Z direction by the motor 7 via a belt system 8 and guided by
the
      rail 9,
  o  Two side pickers 10 which transport the disks 2 between the
      storage slots and the side drives 11, the side pickers 10 are
      moved in the Z direction by the motors 12 via the belt systems
13
      and guided by the rails 14.  During picking process, the side
      pickers 10 are operated in the same zone provided for the
center
      picker 1, and during loading process, the side pickers are
      pivoted against the axis OO' by rotary actuators 16 to load the
      disk onto the drive spindles 6 of the side drives 11, as
      illustrated in Fig. 3. Axis OO' is parallel to the X axis.

      The side drives of the library can be vertically or
horizontally mounted, a...