Head Alignment Technique and Tool
Original Publication Date: 1981-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12
Alignment of two opposing heads 1, 2 (Fig. 3) relative to a carriage 3 (Fig. 2) is accomplished by the use of a mirrored surface 4 (Figs. 1 and 2) to reflect the image of the head core and gap into the lens 5 (Fig. 4) of a microscope. The mirror 4 is mounted on an arm or bar 6 so that it is at a 45 degrees angle to the face of the magnetic head that is being aligned. The magnetic head image is reflected vertically upward. The bar 6 is so constructed that the head that is being observed is in a normal operating attitude. The opposing head is positioned against the back side of the bar, which is made to a thickness that will allow positioning in a space normally occupied by a magnetic disk. The bar is removed from the fixture and rotated 180 degrees to position the mirror for the second opposing head.