Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Skew adjustment and direct penetration control of a multi-track, multi-gap magnetic head assembly are facilitated by providing mating partial-cylinder surfaces, one on the head housing itself and the other on the stationary head support block. Fig. 1 is a front view of head assembly 10. Lines 11 and 12 designate the head's gap lines, one being multi-track read gaps and the other being multi-track write gaps which are parallel to each other. A length of magnetic recording tape (not shown) is supported by foil air bearings 13 and 14, as the tape wraps about the head. Tape movement direction is shown by arrow 15. Ideally, the direction of tape movement is perpendicular to parallel gap lines 11 and 12, and if such does not exist, it is necessary to adjust the head's position by rotating the head.