Patent Number: 6,512,653

Title: Cassette changer

Abstract: A cassette changer which comprises a recording and reproducing unit having an insert and withdrawal port into and from which a groove-carrying cassette can be inserted and withdrawn, and a storage unit adapted to store a plurality of cassettes therein, and which is used to transfer the cassette between the recording and reproducing unit and storage unit, the cassette changer being further provided with a chuck capable of taking a locking position in which the chuck is engaged with the groove of the cassette, and a release position in which the chuck leaves the groove and does not prevent a first transfer unit from moving, a second transfer unit transferring a cassette to a storage position or an insert and withdrawal position and thereafter being allowed to move further, whereby a chuck releasing member engages the chuck, which is thereby moved from the locking position to the release position.

Inventors: Sasaki; Kenji (Kyoto, JP), Morita; Tetsuya (Hirakata, JP)

Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G11B 15/68 (20060101); G11B 005/48 ()

Expiration Date: 01/28/2020