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US5828633: Disc recording and/or reproducing changer with disc transporting mechanism and disc detector

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Inventor(s) Akihisa Inatani · Shuichi Nagano · Kanji Mita · Shuji Minami · Haruyuki Tamura · Tsutomu Watanabe · Akira Katsuyama · Masami Ishikawa · Taiji Noshitani ·
Assignee(s) Sony Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Jay H. Maioli ·
Primary Examiner Stuart S. Levy ·
Assistant Examiner Brian E. Miller ·
Application Number US8307671
Filing date 02/19/1995
PCT 371 date 02/19/1995
Issue date 10/27/1998
Predicted expiration date 02/19/2015
U.S. Classifications 369/37  · 369/185  ·
International Classifications G11B 1910  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 36936-37;191;192;178;185;190 ·
PCT Application Number PCTJP9400134 - 01/31/1994
PCT Publication Number WO199417526 - 08/04/1994
Foreign Priority JP5034749 - 01/30/1993 · JP5034750 - 01/30/1993 · JP6005933 - 01/24/1994 ·
3 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A recording and/or reproducing apparatus for discs includes a housing unit housing a large number of discs, a recording and/or reproducing unit on which one of the discs held within a large number of disc holders provided in the housing unit is selectively loaded, and a transporting mechanism for transporting the disc held within a selected one of the holders of the housing unit to the recording and/or reproducing unit. The disc transporting mechanism detects whether or not the disc is held in the holder. A detection switch is activated when no disc is present in the holder. The housing unit includes a plurality of the holders positioned radially such that the disc surfaces are held upright. The selected disc held in the holder of the disc transporting mechanism is transported by the transporting mechanism in the upright position to the disc reproducing unit and loaded therein.

Independent Claims | See all claims (3)

  1. 1. A recording and/or reproducing apparatus for a disc-shaped medium, the apparatus comprising:a housing unit for disc-shaped recording media supported for rotation about a pivot as a center of rotation and having holder means for radially holding a plurality of disc-shaped recording media with respect to the pivot, wherein major surfaces of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media are held substantially parallel to and extend radially from a major axis of the pivot;a recording and/or reproducing unit having loading means for loading a selected one of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media, rotating means for rotating the selected disc-shaped recording medium, and recording and/or reproducing means mounted for radial movement relative to the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means for recording information signals on or reproducing information signals from the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means;transporting means for taking out the selected disc-shaped recording medium from the holder means provided in the housing unit and feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium taken from the holder means to the recording and/or reproducing unit, wherein the transporting means includesa transport holder for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium during transport thereof,detection means for detecting a presence of the selected disc-shaped recording medium in the transport holder, the detection means including a first arm having two ends, one end, which contacts an outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium to detect the presence of the selected disc-shaped recording medium in the transport holder, wherein when no disc-shaped recording medium is present in the transport holder the other end of the first arm activates a switch of the detection means,guide means with a feed guide section having a smoothly and continuously curved surface facing the selected disc-shaped recording medium and feed means for feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium into a loading position on the recording and/or reproducing unit with an outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium being guided by the feed guide section of the guide means,a second arm pivotally mounted with said first arm by means of an arm said first and second arms being rotationally biased by rotation bias means such that respective first ends of the first and second arms facing the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium approach each other,a rotatable cam rotationally driven by rotational driving means, the rotatable cam having an arm rotation control cam engaged by engagement means provided on opposite sides of the first and second arms, anda housing unit rotation control means rotatably mounted on a housing Divot and having an engagement section at a first end thereof for engaging with an engagement recess provided in the housing unit for the plurality of disc-shaped recording media, the housing unit rotation control means having an engagement pin engaged with a cam groove formed in the rotatable cam, wherein the housing unit rotation control means is rotationally controlled by the rotatable cam for engaging the engagement section with and disengaging the engagement section from the engagement recess; andchuck means for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium transported by the transporting means to the recording and/or reproducing unit such that the selected disc-shaped recording medium rotates in unison with the rotating means.
  2. 2. A recording and/or reproducing apparatus for a disc-shaped recording medium, the apparatus comprising:a housing unit for disc-shaped recording media supported for rotation about a pivot as a center of rotation and having holder means for radially holding a plurality of disc-shaped recording media with respect to the pivot, wherein major surfaces of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media are held substantially parallel to an axial direction of the pivot;a recording and/or reproducing unit having loading means for loading a selected one of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media, rotating means for rotating the selected disc-shaped recording medium, and recording and/or reproducing means mounted for radial movement relative to the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means for recording information signals on or reproducing information signals from the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means;transporting means for taking out the selected disc-shaped recording medium from the holder means provided in the housing unit and feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium taken from the holder means to the recording and/or reproducing unit, wherein the transporting means includesa transport holder for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium during transport thereof and detection means for detecting a presence of the selected disc-shaped recording medium in the transport holder,guide means with a feed guide section having a smoothly and continuously curved surface facing the selected disc-shaped recording medium,feed means for feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium into a loading position on the recording and/or reproducing unit with an outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium being guided by the feed guide section of the guide means,first and second arms pivotably mounted by means of an arm pivot and rotationally biased by rotation bias means in a direction in which respective first ends of the first and second arms facing the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium transported by the transporting means approach each other,arm rotation controlling pins engaged in first and second cam grooves respectively formed in the first and second arms and respectively operated by rotating driving means, anda detection switch for detecting the presence of the selected disc-shaped recording medium, the detection switch being positioned on a rotational trajectory of the second arm and actuated by the second arm, whereinthe first and second cam grooves each have a respective cam which, during initial-stage rotation of the arm rotation controlling pins, rotates the first and second arms in a direction such that the first end of the first arm is moved away from the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium and the first end of the second arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium,a third cam which, during rotation of the arm rotation controlling pins beyond the initial-stage rotation, rotates the first arm in a direction such that the first end of the first arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium, anda control switch of the feed means is actuated when the second arm is rotated by the third cam in a direction such that the first end of the second arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium by rotation of the arm rotation controlling pins when no disc-shaped recording medium is present in the transport holder; andchuck means for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium transported by the transporting means to the recording and/or reproducing unit such that the selected disc-shaped recording medium rotates in unison with the rotating means.
  3. 3.3. A recording and/or reproducing apparatus for a disc-shaped recording medium, the apparatus comprising:a housing unit for disc-shaped recording media supported for rotation about a pivot as a center of rotation and having holder means for radially holding a plurality of disc-shaped recording media with respect to the pivot, wherein major surfaces of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media are held substantially parallel to an axial direction of the pivot;a recording and/or reproducing unit having loading means for loading a selected one of the plurality of disc-shaped recording media, rotating means for rotating the selected disc-shaped recording medium, and recording and/or reproducing means mounted for radial movement relative to the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means for recording information signals on or reproducing information signals from the selected disc-shaped recording medium loaded on the rotating means;transporting means for taking out the selected disc-shaped recording medium from the holder means provided in the housing unit and feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium taken from the holder means to the recording and/or reproducing unit, wherein the transporting means includesa transport holder for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium during transport thereof and detection means for detecting a presence of the selected disc-shaped recording medium in the transport holder,guide means with a feed guide section having a smoothly and continuously curved surface facing the selected disc-shaped recording medium,feed means for feeding the selected disc-shaped recording medium into a loading position on the recording and/or reproducing unit with an outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium being guided by the feed guide section of the guide means,first and second arms pivotably mounted by means of an arm pivot and rotationally biased by rotation bias means such that respective first ends of the first and second arms facing the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium and transported by the transporting means approach each other, anda rotatable cam rotationally driven by rotational driving means, the rotatable cam including an arm rotation control cam engaged by engagement means provided on opposite sides of the first and second arms and a detection switch positioned on a rotational trajectory of the second arm and actuated by the second arm, whereinthe arm rotation control cam includes a first cam which, during initial-stage rotation of the rotatable cam, respectively rotates the first and second arms such that the first end of the first arm is moved away from the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium and the first end of the second arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium, and a second cam which, during further rotation of the rotatable cam, rotates the first arm in a direction such that the first end of the first arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium, andthe detection switch is actuated when the second arm is rotated by the first cam in a direction such that the first end of the second arm approaches the outer periphery of the selected disc-shaped recording medium by rotation of the rotatable cam when there is no disc-shaped recording medium in the transport holder facing the second arm; andchuck means for holding the selected disc-shaped recording medium transported by the transporting means to the recording and/or reproducing unit such that the selected disc-shaped recording medium rotates in unison with the rotating means.

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