Automatic Tape Cartridge Loader
Original Publication Date: 1988-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
The auto loader mechanism is mounted to the 3480 tape drive and replaces a manual loader assembly. The auto loader is used to position a tape cartridge for access by a feeder mechanism and move the cartridge to a position where the tape drive can thread the tape. These positions are defined as the up position for interface to the feeder and the down position for interface to the drive. The auto loader moves vertically between the two positions. The movement of the (Image Omitted) auto loader is composed of a load operation and an unload operation. The load operation is a movement from the up position to the down position for threading of tape by the drive. The unload operation is a movement from the down position to the up position for access by the feeder.