Browse Prior Art Database

Vacuum Form Dust Cover

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113382D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This disclosure corrects a problem with dust contamination of a tape drive mechanism. Dust is drawn into the drive mechanism through either the cracks around the front door or the door opening if an operator chooses to not close the door after removing a tape cartridge.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 100% of the total text.

Vacuum Form Dust Cover

      This disclosure corrects a problem with dust contamination of a
tape drive mechanism.  Dust is drawn into the drive mechanism through
either the cracks around the front door or the door opening if an
operator chooses to not close the door after removing a tape
cartridge.

      This disclosure involves a hinged cover or shield (1) that
attaches to the tape cartridge front bezel (2) and addresses both
dust contamination scenarios.  The device is made of a plastic
material that is formed into the shape seen in the Figure.  A flat
spring (3) serves to maintain the desired light force required to
hold the device in the position shown.  There is an adhesive
attachment of the dust cover (lower portion) to the front bezel below
the hinge area.

      When the door is closed, or open, the spring keeps the dust
cover tightly against the front of the drive.  The operator can
access the tape cartridge by pulling the tab (4) at the top of the
cover to fold it forward.

      This device serves as an effective seal against dust intrusion
with the door either closed or open.  It can be attached to a machine
in the field as well as new build machines.  The cover can also serve
as a dust protected tape cartridge storage area with the door closed.