Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
A cartridge for either a disk or a reel of tape for a magnetic recorder/reproducer may be held in place and driven by the mechanism shown in the figure. The mechanism accepts the cartridge 1 that is pushed in line with its clutch drive spindle axis 2. A spring-urged movable elevator plate 3 maintains a plane perpendicular to the spindle axis 2, and holds and positions the cartridge 1 by coaction with retaining fingers 4. As the cartridge is moved against the elevator plate 3, it is guided and positioned into place. Guide pins (not shown) can be used to accurately position the cartridge relative to the drive.