Auto-Level Diskette Buffer
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes an automatic level diskette buffer tool which maintains diskettes at a predetermined height for robot handling while providing operator access to service the tool without interrupting the process. The tool, disclosed herein, utilizes diskette cannisters [*] for presenting unjacketed diskettes to a two-height position manipulator. It is suitable for both manual and automatic servicing with minimal interference of the process cycle. The tool, shown in side elevation in Fig. 1, consists of two independent sub-assemblies coupled only when required for joint operation. An indexing mechanism rotates a pair of diskette cannisters 1 with a full one 2. The cannisters fit into keyed bases 3 to insure only the appropriate diskettes (untested in this instance) are loaded into the machine. Fig.