Bimetallic Tape Capture/ Release Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
The leader tape to pull a magnetic tape from a reel and guide the magnetic tape through the drive system included two strips of a thin material formed to apply a clamping action by an initial set to hold the end of the magnetic tape. One strip is formed from a nonmagnetic material, while the second strip is of a magnetizable material. An electromagnet placed adjacent the magnetic tape capture area separates these strips when activated for the insertion of the magnetic tape between the strips. The capture is completed when the electromagnet is de-energized.