Patent Number: 6,332,656

Title: Dispensing and storage unit for discs and the like

Abstract: A system for the storage and retrieval of discs (e.g., CDs, DVDs) and the like. An outer housing contains a tiltable inner housing having grooves on upper and lower walls for holding discs by their edges in a vertical orientation. A portal element, formed with a vertical slot for loading and retrieving discs, is movable across the front of the outer housing into alignment with individual disc positions of the inner housing. Flexible shutters are attached to the portal element, maintaining the entire front of the outer housing closed, except for the portal opening. The inner housing has a stable position, tilted slightly to the rear, causing the discs to roll to storage position at the back. A selected disc can be retrieved by tilting the inner housing forwardly, causing the discs to roll forwardly. All discs except the selected disc, aligned with the portal slot, are held back by the flexible shutter, while the selected disc is allowed to roll through the portal slot to an exposed retrieval position. Provision is also made for storing tray cards for retrieval along with discs associated therewith. The discs, which are contained in a compact, dust-free environment, are easily stored and retrieved. Direct indexing is enabled by a bottom hinged door panel provided with a plurality of angled surfaces for mounting title strips associated with the discs. By aligning the movable portal with a title strip, the corresponding disc may be retrieved.

Inventors: Gaves; James W. (Chateauguay, Quebec, CA)


International Classification: G11B 33/04 (20060101); A47B 081/06 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018