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Tape Reel Hand Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059636D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hazel, HK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a tape reel hand tool consisting of a hub holder and two large handles. The tool aids in getting the reels of tape on and off a machine's spindles. Reels of tape are difficult to get on and off machine spindles and storage arbors during manufacture of a tape cassette. There is nothing on the hub for an operator to grasp, and handling the wound tape portion of the reel can cause the tape to start unraveling or edge damage. Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1A is a front view of the tape reel hand tool disclosed herein, and Fig. 1B is a detail view of the tool handle assembly. The tape reel hand tool consists of a hub holder and two large handles, as shown in Fig. 1B. The hub holder has a lip and two spring loaded tabs which fit into an undercut in the ID of the outer rim of the tape reel hub.

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Tape Reel Hand Tool

This article describes a tape reel hand tool consisting of a hub holder and two large handles. The tool aids in getting the reels of tape on and off a machine's spindles. Reels of tape are difficult to get on and off machine spindles and storage arbors during manufacture of a tape cassette. There is nothing on the hub for an operator to grasp, and handling the wound tape portion of the reel can cause the tape to start unraveling or edge damage. Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1A is a front view of the tape reel hand tool disclosed herein, and Fig. 1B is a detail view of the tool handle assembly. The tape reel hand tool consists of a hub holder and two large handles, as shown in Fig. 1B. The hub holder has a lip and two spring loaded tabs which fit into an undercut in the ID of the outer rim of the tape reel hub. Two slots machined in the hub holder form flat springs for the locking tabs. The tool will fit over any spindle or arbor that the tape reel hub will fit (Fig. 2A). An operator squeezes the handles together to spring in the locking tabs and inserts the lip of the tool and the spring loaded tabs into the reel hub. The handles are then released and the tabs spring out to lock the hand tool onto the hub (Fig. 2B). The tool is removed just as easily by squeezing the handles together to release the tabs.

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