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Centering and Eject Boot for Tape Drives

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116839D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eckberg, EA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The following describes an apparatus that centers and ejects two or more form factor tape cartridges in a tape drive.

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Centering and Eject Boot for Tape Drives

      The following describes an apparatus that centers and ejects
two or more form factor tape cartridges in a tape drive.

      As shown in the Figure, a cartridge 1 shown with the secondary
cartridge size 2 centers via the boot's 3 centering features 4.  The
spring 5 preloads the boot to the chassis 6.

      As a cartridge is inserted into the centering boot, the
operator pushes the cartridge (with boot) into a catch in the
installed position.  The spring effectively stores the potential
energy provided by the user pushing the cartridge into the drive.
When the autoloading mechanism ejects the cartridge, the spring is
released, and the potential energy can be used to assist with the
ejection.

      A feature that can be incorporated into the boot is a
spring-loaded end of travel eject.  When long travels are required
for the cartridge, it becomes difficult to keep the autoloading
mechanism within the length constraints of the device.  By using the
boot to eject the cartridge, the length of the autoloading mechanism
can be minimized.

      This idea may be extended to other media and combinations of
media in drives with combined media capability.