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Compliant Tape Guide

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049812D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clegg, ST: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A tape-guiding system includes a compliant guide at one edge pushing the tape against a reference flange. The reference flange includes a compliant section at both ends to absorb any downward displacement of the tape as it enters the guide, due to staggered wraps or deck tolerance.

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Compliant Tape Guide

A tape-guiding system includes a compliant guide at one edge pushing the tape against a reference flange. The reference flange includes a compliant section at both ends to absorb any downward displacement of the tape as it enters the guide, due to staggered wraps or deck tolerance.

As shown in the figure, a segmented compliant guide 1 is connected on the top side of an air bearing 2. A reference flange 3, comprising a fixed reference guide 4 and a compliant section 5, is connected to the bottom side of the air bearing 2. A bolt 6 is used to fasten a cover 7 and the parts of the tape guide to a guide mount 8.

The upper flange, shown as compliant guide 1, is segmented into three sections, identified by reference 9, in order to provide better resilient action in pressing a tape that is passing over the air bearing 2 against the fixed reference guide 4. The compliant section 5 of the reference flange absorbs any downward displacement of the tape as it enters the guiding system. With the compliance of the guide 5, the edge of the tape will not suffer edge damage caused by the buckling of the tape in the event the tape has e displacement due to the supply reel placed at either side of the compliant guide. The reference flange 3 continues to use the guide 4 as a reference to prevent off-tracking of the medium over a magnetic transducer.

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