Orient and Interlock Sensor Arrangement for Diskette Picker Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1978-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
Magnetic diskette drive 10 (Fig. 1) is provided with picker mechanism (gripper device) 12 for gripping magnetic diskettes 14 in magazine 16 and moving diskettes 14 into operative position into alignment with driving collar 18 and rotatable collet 20. Picker mechanism 12 is mounted on and travels with carriage 22 which, according to its position, blocks and unblocks photoelectric device 24 functioning as a sensor, depending on the position of picker mechanism 12 and carriage 22. Picker mechanism 12 and carriage 22 are moved by motor 26 (the electrical stepping type) under control of controls 28 connected with photoelectric device 24 and motor 26 (Fig. 2).