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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.
  1. (St. Charles, IL)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Universities Research Association, Inc. (Washington, DC) FNAL
Patent Number(s):
US 5182686
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
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/