Magnetic Tape End Locater
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
The end of a magnetic tape from a supply reel in a cartridge can be located and positioned in place for attachment to a leader block by the use of a swinging arm. The arm includes a resilient end that contacts the tape and smooths the tape into a channel. The length of the tape is then checked. If the end is too short for connection to the leader block, the tape is blown away from the channel and the arm again sweeps to place the tape into the channel for retesting its length.