One Piece Cleaner Blade/Tape Guide
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
Due to space limitations in small tape drives, all the tape path components need to be small. Usually cleaner blades consist of specially shaped carbide/ceramic/saphire (or other wear resistant material) pieces epoxied to a holder. The holder, in turn, is mounted in the tape path, separately from the guides, with each component occupying tape path space.