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Method to Determine Tape Transport Cleaning Frequency, Based on Actual Amount of Tape Processed, With Operator Prompting Via Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042576D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Danielsen, KD Roberts, SD [+details]

Abstract

The amount of tape passed across the read/write head, in a tape drive, can be used as a measure to determine the need for the cleaning operation. This invention provides a method for measuring the amount of tape processed on a reel-to-reel tape drive. When a given threshold is reached, the drive will provide a message on the message display to prompt the operator to clean the drive. This is novel because, in the past, drive cleaning has been done on a time basis (i.e., one per shift, once per day, etc.) This invention provides a method to prompt the operator to insert the cleaning cartridge based on actual tape passed over the read/write head, not just a time period. This will provide improved performance because cleaning frequency is determined by a more controlled method (i.e., tape passed over head).