Loading mechanism for a video cassette

  • US 6,021,018 A
  • Filed: 01/16/1998
  • Issued: 02/01/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/17/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A loading mechanism for loading a video cassette into a play position in a video cassette deck comprising:

  • a door having an opening for receiving said video cassette;

    a cassette holder, for holding said video cassette at an initial position, and for moving said video cassette between said initial position and a play position while holding said video cassette;

    a slide arm capable of sliding in parallel to an insertion direction of said video cassette;

    a holder drive gear for driving said cassette holder via a gear mechanism so said cassette holder is positioned in the initial position when said slide arm is positioned at a first position, and is positioned in said play position when said slide arm is positioned at a second position; and

    a door arm for driving said door in accordance with movement of said slide arm, so that when said slide arm slides from said second position toward said first position, said door arm opens said door while said slide arm slides from the first position towards a third position which is arranged between said first and second positions, and said holder drive gear starts to drive said cassette holder from said play position towards said initial position after said slide arm passes said third position so that said door is opened befor said cassete holder is moved when said cassette holder is moved to said initial position.

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