Leader Block Attachment Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
A cartridge leader block is attached to the end of a magnetic tape by an inserter apparatus that cuts the attachment material to length and presses the material into the leader block. The inserter includes a slider that cuts and places the retainer material into position. The inserter continues to open the jaws of the material clamp and to press the material and the tape into a cutout in the leader block. The attachment mechanism of Fig. 1 for attaching the tape 1 to the leader block 2 includes a driven carrier 3 that operates in a back and forth motion along slot 4. The carrier 3 includes jaws 5 that clamp the retainer material 6. At home position, jaws 5 are open, allowing the retainer material 6 to be fed into the jaws 5 up against the stop 7.