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Self-Leveling Elevator Mechanism for 5-1/4-Inch Floppy Diskettes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064608D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bleau, CD Gibbs, MD Stricker, AA [+details]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby an elevator-leveling apparatus is used in conjunction with an automatic feed mechanism during the fabrication of 5-l/4-inch diskettes. The apparatus provides a self-leveling concept so as to ensure that diskettes are always in a horizontal position for each pick-up by a pneumatic head. In the construction of 5-1/4-inch diskettes, the rear edge of the diskette is required to be thicker than the front edge. As a result, a stack of 100 diskettes will cause the rear edge 10 to be thicker than the front 11, as shown in the figure. This presents a problem when automatic pneumatic pick-up mechanisms are used to pick-up diskettes one at a time, since the pick-up mechanism requires the diskettes to be horizontal for proper operation. As a result, a self-leveling mechanism was devised.