Patent Number: 6,166,877

Title: Cassette auto changer system including tape signal reading means and selection means for selecting between a plurality of cassettes

Abstract: A cassette auto changer system including a tape signal reading member and a selection member for selecting between a plurality of cassettes. The cassette auto changer includes a base console including a port for tape insertion or extraction operations and having a tape insert compartment. The base console has upper and lower guide rails. A drive console mounts the tape signal reading member and a cassette console mounts a plurality of compartments for storing the tape cassettes. A tape transfer member transports the tape cassettes selectively between the base console, the drive console and the cassette console. An electrically conductive rail is disposed proximate to the guide rails which is powered by enclosed electrical wiring circuitry. In addition, an unmagnetized cassette shuttle body of the tape transfer member is driven along the electrically conductive rail and is guided along the guide rails. Electrical current is input to the tape transfer member form the electrically conductive rail via the cassette shuttle body.

Inventors: Tadokoro; Keiji (Kanagawa, JP), Yamazaki; Noriyuki (Kanagawa, JP), Saiki; Junichi (Kanagawa, JP), Noguchi; Hideaki (Kanagawa, JP), Tsurumaki; Nobuhiro (Kanagawa, JP), Mokutani; Takao (Shizuoka, JP), Yumine; Toru (Kanagawa, JP), Aikawa; Koichi (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G11B 15/68 (20060101); G11B 015/68 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013