Disc Cartridge Case Or Jacket Patents (Class 720/728)
  • Patent number: 8997130
    Abstract: There is provided a disk cartridge including a case body in which a plurality of disk-shaped recording media are configured to be able to be received in an axial direction of a central shaft in parallel, and a first shell having a base surface section parallel to a recording surface of the disk-shaped recording medium and a second shell having a basal surface section parallel to the recording surface of the disk-shaped recording medium are coupled and separated through separation and connection in the axial direction, and a presser spring having a section to be attached, which is attached to the case body, and a pressing section configured to come in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the disk-shaped recording medium and to press the disk-shaped recording medium. The presser spring is formed of a resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Sanpei, Osamu Taguchi, Shuichi Kikuchi, Kazumoto Yatabe, Takeshi Saito
  • Publication number: 20120256748
    Abstract: An optical media case having a top portion with an aperture and a bottom portion also having a aperture positioned therein. A hinged portion, said hinged portion connected between said top portion and said bottom portion to form an enclosure. An EAS device comprising a first portion, a second portion and a connector, wherein the first portion and second portion are attached to each other via the connector. An optical media having a central opening placed between the first portion and the second portion to fully enclose the optical media so that the first aperture, second aperture and central opening are aligned and wherein the EAS device first portion is located external and adjacent the top portion, and the EAS device second portion is located external and adjacent the bottom portion and the connector is positioned within the central opening of the optical media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Tami (Tammy) A. Russell
  • Publication number: 20110296446
    Abstract: A disc changer includes a disc cartridge having an insertion hole, a case body into which the disc cartridge is inserted, having first and second shells which can be separated in which a plurality of disc-shaped recording media are storable by being arrayed in the axial direction of the center axis, and a lock lever for locking the shells in a connected state; and a disc holder to hold the inserted disc cartridge, including an unlocking piece which unlocks locking between the shells by being inserted into the insertion hole when the disc cartridge is inserted into the disc holder to press the lock lever, and a restricting lever supported by the unlocking piece, including a restricting portion engaged with the case body when the unlocking piece is inserted into the insertion hole, so that locking between the shells is unlocked, the restricting lever restricting movement in the extracting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeharu Takasawa, Takeshi Kubo, Naofumi Goto, Akira Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20110296449
    Abstract: A disk cartridge includes a case body that can house a plurality of disk-shaped recording media and is joined or separated by making a first shell contact with/separate from a second shell in an axial direction, and a lock lever that is rotatably supported and locks the first shell and the second shell in a joining manner, in the inside of the case body. A disk inserting/ejecting slot is formed, a supporting shaft is provided to the case body, the lock lever includes a supported part, a lock part, and a lock-release part, the first shell is provided with an open/close panel that includes an insertion hole, an insertion protrusion part that is inserted into the insertion hole of the open/close panel is provided to an end part of the lock-release part, and an end face of the insertion protrusion part is formed as an inclined face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naofumi Goto, Takeshi Kubo, Takeharu Takasawa
  • Publication number: 20110296450
    Abstract: A disc cartridge includes a case body in which a plurality of disc-shaped recording media can be stored being arranged in the axial direction of a central shaft and which includes a first shell having a base face portion parallel to a recording face of the recording medium and a second shell having a basal plane portion parallel to the recording face, which move toward or away from each other in the axial direction, thereby being combined with or separated from each other, wherein the second shell has a pair of side face portions protruding in the same direction from both end portions of the basal plane portion and situated facing each other, a thin-walled portion is formed at a central portion between the side face portions in the basal plane portion, and a bridge member which is attached to span the side face portions is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naofumi Goto, Takeshi Kubo, Takeharu Takasawa
  • Publication number: 20110113437
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method discourage theft of a media disc. The media disc has a central aperture and is retained within a media disc case by an inner spindle that extends through the central aperture. A pin is insertable through the inner spindle. A locking clutch is operable to engage the pin. When engaged, the locking clutch secures the media disc upon the inner spindle and prevents the media disc from being removed from the inner spindle. A liquid-dispensing container is positioned between the pin and the media disc such that when a force is exerted upon the media disc to attempt to remove the disc from the inner spindle when the locking clutch is engaged, the liquid-dispensing container releases a liquid which renders the media disc unreadable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alan Day
  • Patent number: 7938235
    Abstract: A brake includes a braking portion for braking a rotatable element, a swinging portion secured with the braking portion, a resilient portion integrally formed with the swinging portion for generating a restoring force to make the braking portion contact the rotatable element, and a forced portion for being operated to counteract the restoring force and rotate the braking portion via the swinging portion. When the forced portion is acted, the resilient portion is compressed and the braking portion is driven to separate from the rotatable element, and when the forced portion is free, the resilient portion restores to drive the braking portion to contact with the rotatable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yao-Che Peng
  • Patent number: 7920940
    Abstract: A portable data storage cartridge comprising a housing, a first information storage medium removeably disposed within the housing, a holographic data storage medium disposed within the housing, wherein the housing is formed to include an aperture, and wherein the holographic data storage medium is disposed adjacent the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Allen Keith Bates, Nils Haustein, James William Johnson, Craig Anthony Klein, Daniel James Winarski
  • Patent number: 7921439
    Abstract: Apparatus in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention includes a data storage cartridge and/or a receiver configured to receive the cartridge in facilitation of data transfer to and/or from the cartridge. The cartridge and the receiver each include respective connector portions configured to connect when the cartridge is inserted into the receiver. The cartridge and/or the receiver also include guide features configured to facilitate alignment of the connector portions for connection as the cartridge is inserted into the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Leslie G. Christie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7748013
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a case member (500) and a shutter member (100). The case member (500) includes a upper case section (505) and a lowercase section (506). A step portion (507) is formed at a boundary (508) between the upper case section (505) and the lower case section (506). The upper case section (505) includes a shutter pressing section (517) including a plurality of eaves sections (510). Each of the plurality of eaves sections (510) is configured to engage with the eaves engagement section (104) of the shutter member (100). At least two of the plurality of eaves sections (510) are located spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance (519). The lower case section (505) includes a connection portion (520). The connection portion (520) is connected to the step portion (507) at a location between the at least two eaves sections (510), which are located spaced apart from each other by the predetermined distance (519), of the plurality of eaves sections (510).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroya Kondou, Kaoru Kajita
  • Patent number: 7681212
    Abstract: A photosensitive recording medium cartridge comprising a cartridge body, an opening, and a shutter, the cartridge body receiving a disc type photosensitive recording medium therein so that the photosensitive recording medium can rotate, the opening being provided in the cartridge body for exposing the photosensitive recording medium to an outside, the shutter being attached to the cartridge body so that the shutter can move between a close position for closing the opening and an open position for opening the opening, wherein: the shutter includes a bent portion which is formed in an outer circumferential end portion of the shutter so as to be bent toward the cartridge body side; and the cartridge body includes a protrusion portion which is formed in a position corresponding to the outer circumferential end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Asakura, Tomoyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20100050196
    Abstract: Apparatus in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention includes a data storage cartridge and/or a receiver configured to receive the cartridge in facilitation of data transfer to and/or from the cartridge. The cartridge and the receiver each include respective connector portions configured to connect when the cartridge is inserted into the receiver. The cartridge and/or the receiver also include guide features configured to facilitate alignment of the connector portions for connection as the cartridge is inserted into the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Leslie G. Christie, JR.
  • Patent number: 7656608
    Abstract: The aspects of the present invention provide a device for tracking, a method for tracking, and a method for building the device for tracking the location of a media cartridge. The device includes a first antenna connected to a media unit. The device also includes a second antenna connected to the media unit, wherein the second antenna has a range that is longer than the first antenna. The device also includes a switch, wherein the switch allows the media cartridge to operate in a first mode and a second mode, wherein in the first mode the first antenna is operable, and wherein in the second mode the second antenna is operable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Dale R. Eichel
  • Patent number: 7647602
    Abstract: A disc device includes: a casing including: a casing body that has a housing section of a disc 4 and houses a device body including a drive unit for rotating the disc 4; and a cover section rotatably supported on the casing body for closing the housing section. The casing includes: a rotation stop mechanism 5 for stopping rotation of the disc 4 when the cover section is opened. The rotation stop mechanism 5 includes a lever 6 rotatably supported on the casing body and having a contact section 631 contacting with the disc 4 when the cover section is opened; a biasing unit 7 provided on the lever 6 for biasing the contact section 631 toward an edge face of the disc 4; and a first releasing unit 13B provided in a protruding state on the cover section, the releasing unit 13B contacting with the lever 6 to rotate the lever 6 for releasing contact between the contact section 631 and the disc 4 when the cover section is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Patent number: 7596796
    Abstract: A disc cartridge having rotatably housed an optical disc (2) is disclosed. The disc cartridge includes a main cartridge body unit (5) having an aperture for the head part (13) for exposing a portion of the optical disc to outside across the inner and outer rims of the disc. In one surface of the main cartridge body unit is formed a center opening (12) into which is intruded a turntable (90) for rotationally driving the optical disc. An inner peripheral surface (81) of the center opening operates as a mounting reference plane along the planar direction when mounting the disc cartridge to a recording and/or reproducing apparatus. The rim of the opening of the one surface of the main cartridge body unit operates as a mounting reference surface (82) along the height-wise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Kurita, Tokio Kanada, Takahiro Yamada
  • Publication number: 20090183192
    Abstract: A locking structure for fixing the disk piece, which comprises: a dish seat including a base portion and a plenty of flexible arms, and a pressing unit including a locking portion for locking the disk piece. Each flexible arm connects to the base portion, and protrudes outwardly from the base portion. The base portion has an adhesive face for sticking on any article or place. The pressing unit forms on the center of the dish seat, each flexible arm protrudes from the base portion and connects to the pressing unit. The locking structure of the present invention can be installed on any article or place, and fix the disk piece on the locking structure, so that the disk piece can be fixed on any place. Moreover, the locking structure of the present invention can be accessed easily and has a beautiful appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Chin Chang Kuo
  • Publication number: 20090163273
    Abstract: An optical storage disc can be used in a handheld video player that includes a processing module, an interface module for receiving a video signal, and a display device. The optical storage disc includes a first portion that stores conditional access data and a second portion that stores a plurality of operational instructions including a video player application. When the optical storage disc is loaded in the handheld video player and when the plurality of operational instructions are executed by the processing module, the video player application descrambles the video signal received from the interface module using the conditional access data and displays video content from the video signal on the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Feng Chi Wang
  • Publication number: 20090125933
    Abstract: A disk cartridge according to the present invention includes first and second disk storage portions, each of which has a space to partially store a disk with at least one data storage side. When closed up, the first and second disk storage portions enclose the disk entirely. The disk cartridge further includes a supporting base member with a disk storage portion rotation supporting portion that supports rotatably the first and second disk storage portions so as to make or cover an opening with respect to the disk. The opening is used to get the disk chucked externally and to allow a head to access the data storage side of the disk and read and/or write data from/on that side. At least a portion of the supporting base member overlaps with the first and second disk storage portions so as to prevent the first and second disk storage portions from moving perpendicularly to the disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Teruyuki Takizawa, Masahiro Inata, Kozo Ezawa
  • Publication number: 20090113465
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an optical disc drive includes a disc tray, a cover, an advancing/retreating mechanism, a driving unit and an optical head. The cover includes a flat plate portion, an opening portion, wall portions and an opening part. The flat plate portion is opposed to a surface of the disc tray and has a frame shape corresponding to respective side portions of the disc tray. The opening portion is provided in a central part of the flat plate portion. The wall portions erect from outer peripheral parts of the flat plate portion and surround a periphery of the disc tray excluding a front part of the disc tray. The opening part is formed in a manner to open a region opposed to another surface of the disc tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7496935
    Abstract: A rotary switch rotates about an axis which is at acute angles to a lower cartridge surface and a cartridge end so that a first display surface and a second display surface may be independently accessed by disparate components residing in disparate planes. The display surfaces are generally orthogonal to each other and can have multiple facets, with each facet containing a subset of information. To aid this optical interrogation, the display surfaces may be generally orthogonal to the disparate interrogating components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Johnson, David M. Davis, Nils Haustein, Craig A. Klein, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Publication number: 20090044215
    Abstract: The present invention provides a disc cartridge for enclosing an optical disc rotatable therein. The disc cartridge includes an upper shell connected to a lower shell. The upper shell includes a center portion, a window portion surrounding the center portion and a frame surrounding the window portion. The upper shell is formed using a two-shot injection molding process in which a window portion is injection molded and a center opening is formed in the window portion. The center portion and the frame are formed substantially simultaneously by injection molding a common material within the center opening and around the perimeter of the window portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Mark E. Heuser
  • Publication number: 20080282280
    Abstract: A disc device includes: a casing including: a casing body that has a housing section of a disc 4 and houses a device body including a drive unit for rotating the disc 4; and a cover section rotatably supported on the casing body for closing the housing section. The casing includes: a rotation stop mechanism 5 for stopping rotation of the disc 4 when the cover section is opened. The rotation stop mechanism 5 includes a lever 6 rotatably supported on the casing body and having a contact section 631 contacting with the disc 4 when the cover section is opened; a biasing unit 7 provided on the lever 6 for biasing the contact section 631 toward an edge face of the disc 4; and a first releasing unit 13B provided in a protruding state on the cover section, the releasing unit 13B contacting with the lever 6 to rotate the lever 6 for releasing contact between the contact section 631 and the disc 4 when the cover section is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Publication number: 20080282282
    Abstract: A cartridge for an optical data storage disc includes a monolithic shell and a sheet metal cover plate. The shell includes lateral walls and a floor that together define a cavity that holds an optical data storage disc. The cover plate is attached to the shell, with the cover plate abutting the top surfaces of the lateral walls of the shell. The optical disc is housed in the disc cavity, with the data side of the disc facing the cover plate. A sheet metal shutter is wrapped around an edge of the cartridge and is slideable between an open position, wherein a portion of the optical disc is exposed through a shutter window in the cover plate and a closed position wherein the shutter overlies the shutter window. The cartridge is very strong and is easy to fabricate. The use of sheet metal next to the data side of the optical disc allows the data on the disc to be read or recorded with a very short wavelength laser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Vmedia Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Volk, Gregory Dimitri Volan, Rene D. Kumar Anirudhan, PK Bala
  • Publication number: 20080282281
    Abstract: A cartridge library (30) comprises at least one drive (60); a cartridge magazine (52) comprising at least one cell configured to accommodate a cartridge of information storage media; and a transport mechanism (54) configured to transport the cartridge between the magazine (52) and the drive (60). The transport mechanism (60) is configured to transport the cartridge in a first linear direction toward and away from the cell and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The transport mechanism comprises two cartridge engagement hooks (310) carried by the transport mechanism. Each hook (310) engages a recessed feature (500) of the cartridge when the cartridge is between the two hooks (310). A distal end of each hook is also configured so that the hook withdraws from the recessed feature of the cartridge when the transport mechanism travels in the second direction and the cartridge is in the at least one cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher M. WHITE
  • Publication number: 20080263577
    Abstract: The invention provides a structure of a disc cartridge which can correspond to a two-head system while keeping an advantage relating to a light shielding effect and a dust proofing effect of a double cartridge. The invention provides a disc cartridge used in a hologram information recording and reproducing apparatus independently provided with a head for detecting a tracking area and a head for recording and reproducing, in which the disc cartridge is provided with an outer cartridge, an inner cartridge accommodated in an inner side of the outer cartridge and rotatably accommodating a hologram recording medium in an inner portion thereof, and a shutter arranged between the outer cartridge and the inner cartridge and provided for opening and closing an opening portion of the disc cartridge. Further, the opening portion includes a recording and reproducing head and spindle insertion hole, and a tracking area detecting window provided independently therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Atsushi Sato
  • Publication number: 20080196051
    Abstract: A cartridge (2) contains a recording disk (4) having photosensitivity. The cartridge comprises a cartridge shell (11), a light shielding plate (12) and a shutter (13). The cartridge shell has an internal opening (18) for exposing a central portion and a recording surface of the recording disk to the outside. The light shielding plate is attached to an outer side of the cartridge shell and has an external opening (14) confronting the internal opening. The shutter is slidably disposed between the cartridge shell and the light shielding plate to open and close the internal opening. A lock mechanism locks the shutter in a closed position. For releasing the lock mechanism, it is necessary to slide a first lock member (63), which is exposed through a cavity (72), in a state that a second lock member (64) projecting into a groove (7) is pushed into the cartridge shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Takatori, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Hidetoshi Kawasaki
  • Publication number: 20080196052
    Abstract: A container for a plurality of discs, comprising a containment body which defines at least one recess for accommodating at least two discs, the recess defining a first region for accommodating at least one first disc and at least one second region for accommodating at least one second disc which is arranged at a higher level than the first region, elements for the central retention of each of the discs being further provided in order to retain them detachably in the recess, the elements for the central retention of the second disc being arranged at the upper level and being superimposed on and spaced from at least one peripheral portion of the first region for accommodating the first disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Aldo Pozzoli
  • Patent number: 7383560
    Abstract: The invention is directed to data cartridges including a plurality of data storage disks. The invention applies the multi-disk data cartridges to a “jukebox” system in which one of the data cartridges is inserted into a computing device that de-cartridges and positions the data storage disks on one or more disk drives for reading or recording. A multi-disk data cartridge may comprise a cartridge housing with dimensions that conform to a magnetic tape cartridge housing standard form factor. The data cartridges may include blue disk media, such as Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. In order to integrate blue disk media into the data cartridge described herein, the blue disk media may comprise dimensions that conform to a non-standard blue disk form factor. In other cases, a cartridge housing may conform to a non-standard form factor based on dimensions of a standard form factor blue disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Jathan D. Edwards
  • Patent number: 7356827
    Abstract: A disc cartridge is provided. The disc cartridge includes an optical disc and a main cartridge body unit rotatably housing the optical disc. A lateral surface of the main cartridge body unit as an inserting end of the main cartridge body unit into the recording and/or reproducing apparatus is a semicircular arcuate section having the center of the optical disc accommodated in the main cartridge body unit as center. The direction of insertion of the main cartridge body unit into the recording and/or reproducing apparatus may be discriminated readily to achieve smooth loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Kurita, Mikinori Matsuda, Tokio Kanada, Tadami Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7266831
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an insertion type compact disc case which is designed to simultaneously push forward opposite sides of a rear periphery of a disc, received in a case body, thereby securing safe and accurate discharge of the disc. The disc case comprises a case body internally defining a square receiving space, into and from which a circular compact disc is inserted and discharged through an opening formed at a front surface thereof, a pair of elongated slits laterally formed at a rear surface of the case body, and a pair of discharge operating cam plates symmetrically arranged at both lateral positions in a rear region of the receiving space in correspondence to both the elongated slits so that they are laterally movable along guide units. Rear portions of the discharge operating cam plates protrude outward beyond the elongated slits so as to be exposed to the outside, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Byeong-Seon Bak, Jae-Sun Jeon
  • Patent number: 7263706
    Abstract: A disk cartridge includes a case accommodating a disk, a cover installed at the case to be capable of being open and shut and having a hole formed thereon to be open to an outside of the cover, a shutter installed under the disk in the case to be capable of moving to open and shut an opening formed on the case, and a clamping member installed at the cover to seal the hole to clamp the disk. Thus, since the clamping member blocks the hole of the cover connected to the outside of the cover, possibility of intrusion of dust into the disk cartridge is reduced. Also, since there is no need to install the clamping member at the disk drive, the disk drive can be made simplified and slim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-kyun Yim, Han-kook Choi, Yong-hoon Lee, Chong-sam Chung, Jae-yong Eum, Takizawa Teruyuki, Saii Yoshito
  • Publication number: 20070174858
    Abstract: A cartridge including: a photosensitive recording medium; a cartridge body including a disc receiving portion for receiving the photosensitive recording medium rotatably, an opening portion formed in a side surface in a direction of insertion, a light-shield plate mounting surface provided on an outer surface, and an inner opening for exposing a center and a recording surface of the photosensitive recording medium to an outside; a light-shield plate inserted from the side surface of the cartridge body on the opening portion side and mounted onto the light-shield plate mounting surface; and a lid which is fixed to the side surface of the cartridge body so as to close the opening portion and fix the light-shield plate to the cartridge body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Asakura, Tomoyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7230792
    Abstract: Media selection systems and methods. A media selection system may comprise a coupler mounted on a plunge assembly of a cartridge retrieving device. The coupler slidably engages a storage medium as the cartridge retrieving device moves relative to the storage medium. A method may comprise slidably engaging a storage medium with a cartridge retrieving device as the cartridge retrieving device moves relative to the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregg S. Schmidtke, Kelly John Reasoner
  • Patent number: 7216357
    Abstract: A disc cartridge includes a cartridge body having a disc storage portion, a chucking opening and a head opening. The disc storage portion has a disc window and a bottom and stores a disc, having first and second sides, therein so that the disc is rotatable in the disc storage portion and that the first side of the disc is exposed. The chucking opening is formed on the bottom of the disc storage portion so as to get the disc chucked externally. The head opening is also formed on the bottom of the disc storage portion so as to allow a head, which reads and/or writes a signal from/on the second side of the disc, to access the second side of the disc. A shutter is supported to, and movable with respect to, the cartridge body so as to expose or cover at least the head opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruyuki Takizawa, Yoshito Sazi, Kuniko Nakata, Hironori Okazawa
  • Patent number: 7181754
    Abstract: A disk cartridge which includes a case having an upper wall, a lower wall, and a sidewall, which form an inner receiving space in which a disk is inserted, an opening formed in at least one of the upper wall and lower wall of the case to allow a recording/reproducing unit of a disk drive to access the disk therethrough, and an inlet hole formed at the sidewall of the case to allow the disk to be inserted into and withdrawn from the case therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-kook Choi, Dong-seob Jang, Dae-kyong Park, Kwang Kim, Yong-hoon Lee, Hae-sub Kweon
  • Patent number: 7178885
    Abstract: A hand-held disc storage, deployment and retrieval device includes a housing defining an interior cavity adapted to store a media disc therein. A manually-actuated slider is disposed within the interior cavity and movable along guide tracks formed in the housing between a disc deployment position and a disc retrieval position. A manually-actuated lever mechanism is operably connected to the slider for deploying and retrieving the disc from the housing. Disc tracks and a ramp are formed in the housing for guiding the disc into and out of the interior cavity. Multiple housings may be interlocked in stacking relationship to one another. The disc may also be locked within the housing, or a case provided for locking multiple housings and discs to one another within the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: CDSAF, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Berkson, Todd Saczalski
  • Patent number: 7159229
    Abstract: Four positioning holes or grooves of the first to the fourth positioning portions are formed on a shell as positioning portions to a disk drive apparatus. When two directions perpendicular to the thickness direction of a disk-shaped recording medium are designated as an X direction and a Y direction, the first and the second positioning portions are formed at the same position in the X direction, and the third and the fourth positioning portions are formed at the same position in the X direction, and further the first and the third positioning portions are formed at the same position in the Y direction, and still further the second and the fourth positioning portions are formed at the same position in the Y direction. When the disk cartridge is located to the disk drive apparatus at the insertion of the disk cartridge from an insertion opening, at least two of the four positioning portions are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Inoue, Susumu Shibagaki
  • Patent number: 7131131
    Abstract: A disc cartridge according to the present invention includes a cartridge body and a shutter. The cartridge body includes a disc storage portion, a chucking opening and a head opening. The disc storage portion has a disc window and a bottom and stores a disc, having first and second sides, therein so that the disc is rotatable in the disc storage portion and that the first side of the disc is exposed. The shutter is supported to, and movable with respect to, the cartridge body so as to expose or cover at least the head opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruyuki Takizawa, Yoshito Sazi, Kuniko Nakata, Hironori Okazawa
  • Patent number: 7127732
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a disc cartridge in which an optical disc, an inner shell and shutter members are housed in a main cartridge body unit, formed by abutting and combining upper and lower shells and in which the inner shell is run in rotation to cause the shutter members to open or close an aperture provided in the main cartridge body unit. The inner shell is formed by a resin molding portion comprised of a first molded portion for forming the inner shell and a second molded portion connected to the first molded portion. The second molded portion is provided at a position forming the aperture in the inner shell and is connected to the first molded portion through a flanged thin-walled section. The inner shell is formed by severing the second molded portion and the flanged thin-walled section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Iwaki, Shuichi Kikuchi, Teiko Hoshi, Naoki Inoue, Manabu Obata, Mitsuyoshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7124422
    Abstract: To make it possible to keep a disk-like recording medium accommodated in a case under a stable state without shaking and to easily take it out, a receiving table on which a center portion of a disk is put is so formed at a base center of a main body as to protrude from a base surface. An outer peripheral edge for supporting thereon a disk outer periphery protrudes from the receiving table as a center. A removal member for supporting the outer periphery of the disk and engaging with the outer periphery is disposed by cutting off a part of the outer peripheral edge. The removable member includes a lift portion for supporting thereon the disk outer periphery, formed inside a rocking lever and a button formed outside the lever. Hooks for engaging with the disk outer periphery are provided to the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Just Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Yamagishi, Takao Terasaka, Sohichi Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 7103898
    Abstract: A method for producing an inner shell used for a disc cartridge in which an optical disc, an inner shell and shutter members are housed in a main cartridge body unit. The inner shell provided in the main cartridge body unit includes a first molded portion, provided with an aperture, a second molded portion having a resin injection port and molded at a position where the aperture is formed, and a flanged thin-walled section connecting the first and second molded portions to each other. The method includes the steps of injecting molten resin into a cavity defined by a fixed metal die and a movable metal die for molding the first molded portion, the second molded portion, and the flanged thin-walled section, and severing the flanged thin-walled section by a punch provided to the movable metal die before the molten resin injected into the cavity is cooled and solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Iwaki, Shuichi Kikuchi, Teiko Hoshi, Naoki Inoue, Manabu Obata, Mitsuyoshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7103899
    Abstract: A disk cartridge, which is compact, which requires a small number of parts, and which is easily assembled, is provided. The disk cartridge of the present invention comprises an upper case and a lower case. Each of the upper case and the lower case is formed to be substantially circular. The upper case and the lower case define a disk-accommodating section when the lower case and the lower case overlap with each other. The disk cartridge is opened/closed by rotating the upper case relative to the lower case about a base point of a movable section which is provided for the upper case and/or the lower case. An information-recording disk is accommodated and removed in a state in which the disk cartridge is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxwell, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7057854
    Abstract: A disk cartridge housing in which a disk compartment is formed by combining an upper shell and a lower shell. The cartridge has an opening portion which overlaps with a shutter member to expose a part of the disk compartment. A convex rib and a concave groove arrangement is used between the opening portion and shutter member to form a dust-proof housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Obata, Yuji Iwaki, Naoki Inoue, Mitsuyoshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7032234
    Abstract: A cartridge and a drive unit that drives a cartridge and has an insertion opening into which the cartridge is inserted are provided. The drive unit includes a shutter which opens and closes the insertion opening, and a mechanism for locking a close state of the shutter so as to prohibit a different type of cartridge and the cartridge not facing a predetermined direction from proceeding to an inside of the drive unit, and for unlocking the close state so as to allow the shutter to proceed to the inside of the drive unit. The cartridge includes a unlock member that unlocks the close state of the shutter in cooperation with the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxwell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsusuki Shimazaki, Shiro Hayashi, Satoshi Yamagata
  • Patent number: 7007292
    Abstract: A disk cartridge device includes first and second disk cartridges of different sizes for housing therein disks of different disk diameters and a cassette compartment onto which the first and second disk cartridges are selectively loaded, the cassette compartment including a pair of positioning pins having height-deciding bases for properly placing the first disk cartridge and a pair of positioning pins having height-deciding bases for properly placing the second disk cartridge, wherein the first disk cartridge has stepped escape holes formed on its lower surface to enable itself to escape from the positioning pins by which the second disk cartridge is properly positioned in the loading state when positioning holes of the first disk cartridge are properly fitted into positioning pins and the height is properly decided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yotaro Sanada, Yoshio Kusui, Naohiro Netsu
  • Patent number: 6980397
    Abstract: In order to improve quality of recording/reproducing signals by preventing degradation of the quality of the recording/reproducing signals due to vibration transmitted from the exterior of a disk cartridge which contains a discoid medium, the disk cartridge performs the following: reference pins are inserted into reference pin insertion entrances and located on the lower side of a housing. These reference pins press the housing onto a reference plate, and the disk cartridge is placed in a recording/reproducing device. Vibration damping members are provided at portions in contact with the reference pins. These vibration damping members are rendered to absorb the vibration transmitted from the exterior of the cartridge through the reference pins. By preventing the discoid media from vibrating in the vicinity of an opening portion, the quality of the recording/reproducing signals are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kengo Oishi
  • Patent number: 6948180
    Abstract: A disk cartridge, which is compact, which requires a small number of parts, and which is easily assembled, is provided. The disk cartridge of the present invention comprises an upper case and a lower case. Each of the upper case and the lower case is formed to be substantially circular. The upper case and the lower case define a disk-accommodating section when the lower case and the lower case overlap with each other. The disk cartridge is opened/closed by rotating the upper case relative to the lower case about a base point of a movable section which is provided for the upper case and/or the lower case. An information-recording disk is accommodated and removed in a state in which the disk cartridge is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6940806
    Abstract: A disc cartridge for receiving a disc includes a case which accommodates the disc and at least one centering spring which prevents deviation of the disc in the case. Thus, a gap in which the disc moves in the disc cartridge is restricted so as to reduce a length in which a disc clamp of the disc contacts a disc clamp guide inside a disc drive system. Accordingly, the height of the disc clamp is reduced so as to reduce the thickness of the disc cartridge and miniaturize the disc cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung-young Bae, Soon-kyo Hong, Kwang Kim, Hae-sub Kweon
  • Patent number: 6907614
    Abstract: A disk cartridge having a shutter constructed slidable in both rightward and leftward directions. One surface of a cartridge casing is provided with a first guide groove formed between an upper surface of a front end wall of one half shell and a lower surface of a front end wall of the other half shell. The front end wall of the above-mentioned other half shell is partially cut out to provide a cut portion that extends up to the upper surface of the front end wall of the one half shell. By inserting a first engagement protrusion and a second engagement protrusion formed a the first slider through the cut portion into the first guide groove, the shutter is mounted on the casing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sawada, Hiroshi Kishida
  • Patent number: RE43454
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a disc cartridge in which an optical disc, an inner shell and shutter members are housed in a main cartridge body unit, formed by abutting and combining upper and lower shells and in which the inner shell is run in rotation to cause the shutter members to open or close an aperture provided in the main cartridge body unit. The inner shell is formed by a resin molding portion comprised of a first molded portion for forming the inner shell and a second molded portion connected to the first molded portion. The second molded portion is provided at a position forming the aperture in the inner shell and is connected to the first molded portion through a flanged thin-walled section. The inner shell is formed by severing the second molded portion and the flanged thin-walled section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Iwaki, Shuichi Kikuchi, Teiko Hoshi, Naoki Inoue, Manabu Obata, Mitsuyoshi Kawaguchi