Self-Adjusting Damper Assembly
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
This design provides an easily adjusted and maintenance-free damper for servo-controlled carriage systems used in connection with magnetic disk files. Damping is required to obtain minimum carriage seek times. The damper friction pad 1 is pneumatically loaded using a short stroke piston 2 diaphragm 3 system. The diaphragm eliminates sealing problems, and requires very little room, allowing for a low profile design which fits easily between the carriage 4 and bed 5. Being pneumatically loaded (8) allows for easy external adjustment. Damping pressure can be varied with the use of a pressure regulator mounted external to the machine. The friction pad 1 is mounted to a flexure 6 which is designed to provide a low spring rate working against the load pistons, and high stiffness in the direction of carriage travel.