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Tape Cleaner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052781D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hu, PY: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Instead of multiple passes over a single cleaner blade, a multiple cleaning position device can be used. A plurality of knife-edge or perforated cleaner blades can be used. One or more of the cleaning positions can use air jets to remove particles from the tape media.

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Tape Cleaner

Instead of multiple passes over a single cleaner blade, a multiple cleaning position device can be used. A plurality of knife-edge or perforated cleaner blades can be used. One or more of the cleaning positions can use air jets to remove particles from the tape media.

As shown in Fig. 1, a tape 1 is shown having its oxide side directed over a plurality of cleaning positions 2. Each cleaning position 2 preferably includes a knife-blade cleaner for burnishing the oxide side of the tape. Each of the cleaner positions is connected to a vacuum source for collection of tape debris accumulated on the edge of the blade. Cleaner positions 3 are also provided on the substrate side of the tape 1 to remove any debris collected by the substrate of the tape. The cleaner stations 3 are also connected to a vacuum source. One pass of the tape 1 over the cleaner station has the same effect as multiple passes over a single station. The height of each cleaning station depends on using an effective tape wrap angle around each cleaning station to arrive at optimum cleaning.

One or more of the cleaning stations for the oxide side of the tape 1 can comprise an air jet cleaner, as shown in Fig. 2. In Fig. 2, the oxide side of the tape 1 is contacted by a high fluid pressure directed from a nozzle 10 onto the tape 1. The dislodged particles from the tape are collected through a funnel-like collector
11. The collector 11 is connected to a vacuum source for the collection of th...