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Storage - Autochanger    

Seven U.S. patents relating to storage autochangers

Overview

The patents in this portfolio relate generally to media autochangers. Inventions include clutchless mechanical assemblies, improving guidance and positional accuracy, increasing the number of disk drives in an autochanger, pickers capable of handling latches or handles, and flip-latch assemblies.


This portfolio is forward referenced by the following companies: IBM, N&K Technology, Plasmon IDE, Quantum Corporation, Sony, and Storage Technology Corporation.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 369: Dynamic Information Storage Or Retrieval

Apparatus for the storage or retrieval of arbitrarily variable information which is retained in a storage medium by variation of a physical characteristic. The information is stored or retrieved by causing or sensing a variation of a physical characteristic of the storage medium by a transducer having relative motion along a continuous path.

Subclass 19: CONTROL BY TIMER OR EXTERNAL EXTRANEOUS CONDITION
Subclass 30.34: For linear array positioning of unitary plural storage medium carrier (e.g., horizontal or vertical positioning)
Subclass 30.43: Having specified picker
Subclass 30.45: Picker support structure (i.e., mechanism for moving picker)
Subclass 200: By inverting disc
Subclass 282: Specified center hole or locating structure

Class G9B/17.056:


Class G9B/17.054:


Class 710: Electrical Computers And Digital Data Processing Systems: Input/Output

This class provides, within a computer or digital data processing system with the following processes or apparatus for 1. transferring data from one or more peripherals to one or more computers or digital data processing systems for the latter to process, store, or further transfer or for transferring data from the computers or digital data processing systems to the peripherals; 2. for interconnecting or communicating between two or more components connected to an interconnection medium (e.g., a bus) within a single computer or digital data processing system; 3. for preventing access to a shared resource of a computer or digital data processing system; 4. for granting access to a shared resource of a computer of digital data processing system by one of a plurality of components of the computer or digital data processing system by interrogating each of the components in a predetermined order; 5. for determining which of a plurality of components of a computer or digital data processing system contending for access to a shared resource shall be granted access at any one time based upon a predetermined criteria; and 6. for stopping, halting, or suspending a current processing function within a computer or digital data processing system.

Subclass 314: Common protocol (e.g., PCI to PCI)

Class G9B/17.051:


Class G9B/27.001:


Class 188: Brakes

Retarding the motion of or stopping machines, including vehicles, both rail and road, and shafts, wheels, pulleys, or other moving mechanisms, by friction, by positive engagement of elements, or by the internal resistance of a fluid or a field of force.

Subclass 218R: Brake wheels

Class 414: Material Or Article Handling

Apparatus, device, implement or method for placing or displacing particular articles in a particular manner or with reference to a particular support, for loading or unloading vehicles with materials or objects in general, charging or discharging furnaces, bins, chambers, or other receptacles, stacking or piling articles or materials, also combinations of general types of carriers or forwarding mechanisms, which types, per se, are separately classified elsewhere, and general types of elevators, cranes, or hoists when associated with special means for handling the load to place it on the carrier or remove it therefrom.

Subclass 783: Orienter has article gripping means
Subclass 816: Of reorienting article

Class G9B/15.142:


Class 324: Electricity: Measuring And Testing

This is the residual home for all subject matter, not elsewhere classified, relating to the measuring, testing (or sensing) of electric properties, (e.g., determining ground resistivity, determining frequency of an alternating current, determining kilowatt hour demand), or the measuring, testing or sensing of nonelectric properties by electric means (e.g., determining moisture, a nonelectric property, by measuring conductance with a resistance bridge; determining speed, a nonelectric property by use of an electric tachometer).

Subclass 207.2: Hall effect
Subclass 226: Combined

Class G9B/27.052:


Class 360: Dynamic Magnetic Information Storage Or Retrieval

This class is an integral part of Class 369, Dynamic Information Storage or Retrieval, and is the specific class for apparatus and corresponding processes for the storage and retrieval of information based on relative movement between a magnetic record carrier and a transducer. It includes apparatus and corresponding processes for making copies or editing of records falling within the above definition. A magnetic record carrier within the meaning of this class is an element which consists of a magnetizable material or is comprised of a coating or impregnation of magnetizable material which is intended for the storage of more than a single bit of information.