Method for self-loading of single-reel tape cartridges
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Two fundamental issues with current single-reel tape technology are: A. The cost to develop and produce tape loading hardware such as pantacams, motors, lubricants, etc. B. The reliability of current tape loading schemes/implementations. By using a simple spring that is allowed to expand along a guided path extending from the supply reel to the take-up reel, tape drive products can eliminate pantacams and associated motors used in loading/unloading tape. The following described implementation results in improved reliability versus current and earlier methods of loading tape from single-reel cartridges.