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Title: Apparatus and method for loading and unloading multiple digital tape cassettes utilizing a removable magazine

An apparatus and method to automate the handling of multiple digital tape cassettes for processing by commercially available cassette tape readers and recorders. A removable magazine rack stores a plurality of tape cassettes, and cooperates with a shuttle device that automatically inserts and removes cassettes from the magazine to the reader and vice-versa. Photocells are used to identify and index to the desired tape cassette. The apparatus allows digital information stored on multiple cassettes to be processed without significant operator intervention.
Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (St. Charles, IL)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
868646
Assignee:
Universities Research Association, Inc. (Washington, DC) FNAL
Patent Number(s):
US 5182686
Contract Number:
AC02-76CH03000
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
apparatus; method; loading; unloading; multiple; digital; tape; cassettes; utilizing; removable; magazine; automate; handling; processing; commercially; available; cassette; readers; recorders; rack; stores; plurality; cooperates; shuttle; device; automatically; inserts; removes; reader; vice-versa; photocells; identify; index; desired; allows; information; stored; processed; significant; operator; intervention; commercially available; apparatus allows; tape cassettes; operator intervention; multiple digital; tape cassette; digital tape; /360/206/369/