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Media Library Multiple Cartridge Type Bulk Loading Input/Output Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123435D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 5 page(s) / 176K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hammar, JW: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism that permits the bulk entry or removal of media by a human operator to/from a media library through the use of a magazine. The magazine described for bulk entry or removal has the capability of accepting multiple media types and sizes and may use optional bins. When the magazine is not contained in a media library, the media cartridges or bins in the magazine can be inserted or removed by an human operator. The media library described allows a human operator to insert or remove the bulk magazine to/from the media library. After insertion by the operator, the magazine is positioned such that the library picker mechanism can insert or remove media cartridges to/from the storage cells in the magazine.

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Media Library Multiple Cartridge Type Bulk Loading Input/Output Station

   Disclosed is a mechanism that permits the bulk entry or
removal of media by a human operator to/from a media library through
the use of a magazine.  The magazine described for bulk entry or
removal has the capability of accepting multiple media types and
sizes and may use optional bins.  When the magazine is not contained
in a media library, the media cartridges or bins in the magazine can
be inserted or removed by an human operator.  The media library
described allows a human operator to insert or remove the bulk
magazine to/from the media library.  After insertion by the operator,
the magazine is positioned such that the library picker mechanism can
insert or remove media cartridges to/from the storage cells in the
magazine.  The media library described provides protective doors,
magazine position detectors, magazine locking solenoids, control
keypad, and position indicators for the operation of the bulk loading
facility by an operator.

   The typical embodiment of the magazine (see figure 1A)
would accept multiple media types such as 90mm and 130mm optical
media cartridges as well as 3570 and 3590 type magnetic tape
cartridges.  The magazine would provide a spring loaded cartridge
locking tab mechanism (see figure 3B) to hold cartridges in place
during operation in the media library and a tab locking bar to hold
the cartridges in place during transportation by the operator
to/from shelf storage.  Optionally, the magazine could house
removable bins (see figure 2A) containing the media cartridges to
facilitate the rapid insertion and removal of groups of cartridges
in/from the magazine.  The removable bins would typically contain
only one type of media cartridge and would be inserted into
designated positions in the magazine by the operator.

   The typical embodiment of the media library supporting the
multimedia magazine would have a sliding door (see figure 3A) which
must be opened to insert the bulk loading magazine.  The sliding door
when open would reside between the picker mechanism and the magazine
bulk loading station preventing  accidental contact by the operator
with the picker mechanism as the will continue to serve the remainder
of the library.  Th...