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Tape Drive Threading Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049628D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Hu, PY Bareman, PR Radam, AJ [+details]

Abstract

A hinged arm assembly can be used to pull a tape from a supply reel and thread it past transducers and tape guides into a take up reel for further unreeling of the tape from the supply reel. The hinged arm assembly is connected at one end to a rotatable threading shaft. The end of the hinged arm is guided by a cam surface that defines the path of the tape. An idler wheel is automatically inserted between the drive shaft and the threading shaft for the reverse operation by tripping a Y bracket that offcenters a spring to urge the idler wheel into contact with the drive shaft after a rotation of the threading shaft into the winding position.