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Head Cable Strain Relief

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050725D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bareman, PR: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The strain relief part isolates the cables interconnecting the electronic printed circuit cards from the head assembly. The cables are initially bolted to the head assembly with a tuning-fork tool acting like a washer. The strain relief part is mounted to the tape drive. The head housing is then bolted to the tape drive. The tuning fork is removed to permit the threading of the bolts into the strain relief part to connect the head housing to the strain relief part. The cables are isolated from the head assembly and therefore do not affect head alignment.

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Head Cable Strain Relief

The strain relief part isolates the cables interconnecting the electronic printed circuit cards from the head assembly. The cables are initially bolted to the head assembly with a tuning-fork tool acting like a washer. The strain relief part is mounted to the tape drive. The head housing is then bolted to the tape drive. The tuning fork is removed to permit the threading of the bolts into the strain relief part to connect the head housing to the strain relief part. The cables are isolated from the head assembly and therefore do not affect head alignment.

In Fig. 1, a head housing assembly 1 includes cables 2 plugged into a connector assembly 3. The connector assembly 3 is fastened to the head assembly 1 using bolts 4 fastened with nuts 5. A tuning fork tool 6 is used as a washer such that the bolts 4 can be tightened against the nuts 5. The head assembly 1 is then fastened to the head mounting unit 8 of the tape drive, as shown in Fig. 2. A strain relief part 7 is first connected to a part of the tape drive unit. The strain relief part 7 is shown connected to a guide unit 9 that is mounted to the tape drive. The flats of the nuts 5 are aligned such that the nuts 5 are prevented from rotating by a channel 10 in the strain relief part 7. The screws 4 are loosened, and the tuning-fork tool 6 is removed. The screws 4 are then threaded into the strain relief part 7 using threaded holes 11. The nuts 5 are only used as an intermediary to hold th...