Single Motor Tape Drive
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
A single motor, through drive wheels and drive belts, can supply the rotary motion to the supply and take-up reels as well as activating a threading mechanism and providing rotary motion to a rotary head. Solenoids pivot a reel drive wheel into contact with the take-up reel or the supply reel according to the tape direction required. The reel drive releases a block brake from the driven reel while keeping the block brake applied to the other reel for keeping tension on the tape and also releases band brakes from both reels.