Tape Library with changeable outside covers
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
In marketing of tape libraries to the OEM marketplace it is very desirable to offer the customer the option of changing the exterior styling or at least the color of the box. This gives a marketing differential between brands that may well be selling the same tape library. This adaptation to the customers needs can be very expensive in a production line environment as multiple styles/colors of frame have to be ordered in advance to give short delivery times. This inevitably increases costs. The alternative described here allows a standard product to be made on a production line and then when the customer is defined the appropriate covers are applied. The stocking of different color/style covers is very much cheaper that the stocking of completed machines. Our invention allows the unit to be built and tested as a skeleton structure and then a door skin of the correct color style applied at the time of shipment to the customer. Please see the drawings as the description is read. The skeleton of the door is made with flanges on the sides of the structural elements at the plane of the covering door skin. The skin of the door has a series of spring clips welded or bonded to the inside of it positioned such that with sideways motion of the door skin the clips slide up over the flanges and hold the skin tightly against the structure. The clips are staggered in locations such that only some of the spring clips are slid into engagement with the flanges at any one time during the engagement process. This reduces the force required to get all the spring clips engaged. At the end of the engagement process two screws are inserted into the top and bottom edges of the door skin and the skeleton frame to prevent the door skin from sliding out of position. All handles and hinges for the door are attached to the door skeleton so that the forces applied do not require the skin to be structurally strong or distort the skin.