Air-Jet Diskette Cleaner
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Diskettes collect dust (typically abrasive) when exposed in an industrial environment, even for the short period of time it takes to put them in the drive module. These abrasive particles cause wear of the media during normal operation of the diskette, to a point where it cannot be read properly, causing errors in the system. This type of error could effectively disable the system it is controlling and impact an entire assembly line. Previous solutions to this problem include creating a positive pressure inside the drive module, replacement of media at failure and protective envelopes for storage. The positive pressure approach is sufficient to exclude airborne dust from the head and drive area, but is not effective for cleaning particles attached to the diskette itself before it is introduced into the drive module.