|Publication number||USRE36511 E|
|Application number||US 09/164,834|
|Publication date||Jan 18, 2000|
|Filing date||Oct 1, 1998|
|Priority date||Nov 10, 1994|
|Also published as||US5561653|
|Publication number||09164834, 164834, US RE36511 E, US RE36511E, US-E-RE36511, USRE36511 E, USRE36511E|
|Inventors||Dong-Yih Liou, Wen-Chi Tseng, Chung-Chi Liao|
|Original Assignee||Acer Peripherals Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (7), Referenced by (10), Classifications (8), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to the ejection mechanism for the tray device of an electronic equipment, e.g. laser disk, compact disk or CD ROM player.
The electronic equipment, such as laser disk, compact disk or CD ROM, in general, has an input device of a tray form for accommodating the disk in which a huge amount of information is stored. The tray device movably seats within the space of an electronic equipment. Typically, an electrically driven step motor is usually employed to operate the close/open mechanism of the disk tray device.
However, when the electronic equipment is in state of malfunction or being incapable of receiving the operation power, the user accordingly may not operate the equipment in order to retrieve the disk within the disk tray inside the equipment.
To solve the problems mentioned in aforesaid situation, one conventional approach in the art has been known to design a cavity on front panel of the disk tray device which is accessible by the finger of the user or a tool. The user then may use his finger or the tool to apply the force required to pull the disk tray out of the electronic equipment. However, this approach would definitely affect the exterior appearance of the equipment substantially not to mention other drawbacks, e.g. the possibility of accumulation of the dust onto the cavity.
To the shortcomings of aforesaid conventional art, the invention provides an ejector apparatus within the electronic equipment which allows the user to retrieve the disk by easily ejecting the disk tray out of the inner space of the electronic equipment.
The ejector apparatus includes a support and an ejector. The support has a connector apparatus adapted to connect with a chassis of the electronic equipment. The ejector pushes the tray device out of the electronic equipment in response to a force applied from the outside of the electronic equipment. The ejector is pivotally connected to the support.
FIG. 1 discloses an explosive view of the components of the ejector apparatus in accordance with the one preferred embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a sectional view showing how the invention cooperating with other components of the electronic equipment.
With reference to the FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the invention includes a support 11 and an ejector 12. The support 11 has a attachment apparatus 110 adapted to mount on a chassis 21 of the electronic equipment 2. With the shown embodiment, the attachment apparatus 110 is form of a slot with which the edge of the chassis 21 engages. The ejector 12 is a generally plate-like arm element and is pivotally connected to the support at the hinge pin 111 through the hole 121. The upper end of the ejector 12 is provided with a curve-shape pusher 120 to have a better contact relationship with the inner vertical surface of the disk tray 22 in accordance with one preferred embodiment of the ejector 12.
The electronic equipment 2 has a front panel 23 which has a hole 231 for the passage of a thin pin 3. Before operating the invention, the user may reshape a metal paperclip to form a thin pin 3. When the thin pin 3 is forced into the hole 231 and applies a force on the lower surface of the ejector 12, the pusher 120 of the ejector 12 accordingly pushes the tray device 22 out of the electronic equipment 2 in response to the force applied from the outside as a result of the leverage effect created at the hinge pin 111. Also shown in the FIG. 2 is the disk 24 within the disk tray 22.
The above details of the preferred embodiment of the invention aforesaid is illustrative rather than limiting. For instance, the preferred embodiment of the curve-shape pusher 120 may be replaced equivalently by other forms which are obvious to persons skillful in the arts. Accordingly, any equivalent modifications, substitutes, alterations or changes to the preferred embodiment without departing from the spirit of the invention are likely to the persons ordinary skill in the art, and are still within the intended scope of the protection of the invention which is defined by the following claims and their equivalences.
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|U.S. Classification||720/609, 360/99.06|
|International Classification||G11B33/00, G11B17/04|
|Cooperative Classification||G11B17/056, G11B33/00|
|European Classification||G11B33/00, G11B17/056|
|Mar 31, 2000||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Oct 17, 2003||AS||Assignment|
|Apr 1, 2004||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|Apr 7, 2008||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Oct 1, 2008||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|