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Continuous Compliant Tape Guide

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000078498D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Griffiths, DE: AUTHOR

Abstract

A continuous compliant tape spring 4 is made of a single piece of material for each guided length. The main guiding force is provided by the wide, thin, vertical segments 6. The narrow, thin necks 8 connecting the vertical segments 6 merely provide additional bearing surface for the tape 2 to ride upon and prevent the tape from catching on an individual segment 6. The continuous compliant spring 4 is mounted on plate 10 of the guide at a very slight angle. In this way, the spring 4 provides some spring load against the wall 12 even when the tape 2 is not present.

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Continuous Compliant Tape Guide

A continuous compliant tape spring 4 is made of a single piece of material for each guided length. The main guiding force is provided by the wide, thin, vertical segments 6. The narrow, thin necks 8 connecting the vertical segments 6 merely provide additional bearing surface for the tape 2 to ride upon and prevent the tape from catching on an individual segment 6. The continuous compliant spring 4 is mounted on plate 10 of the guide at a very slight angle. In this way, the spring 4 provides some spring load against the wall 12 even when the tape 2 is not present.

When the tape is present between the edge guides, the continuous compliant spring 4 is bent backwards and provides force against the tape to urge the entire length of the tape against the opposite rigid guide 14. The support member 16 is constructed of a porous material, so that air under pressure through the porous material will provide an air bearing fur the tape 2. The air under the tape may exit out the edges of the tape, either between the fingers 6 of the compliant spring or through the holes 18 in the rigid guide 14.

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