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Atomized liquid spray is employed to wet the end of a length of tape for attracting the tape to a reel for threading the tape thereon.
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Tape Threading Apparatus
Atomized liquid spray is employed to wet the end of a length of tape for
attracting the tape to a reel for threading the tape thereon.
The use of a liquid to attach semirigid tape to a surface (tape reel) is widely
known in the industry. One common method of dispensing the liquid onto the
tape is to deposit a drop of liquid onto a specified point on the tape, bring the
tape into proximity of a rotating reel such that the drop is dispersed onto the reel
providing a mechanism for attraction of the media to the reel. The positioning,
size and stability of the drop is critical and the equipment required to meter and
deposit the drop is expensive and delicate.
An atomizer nozzle 10 is employed to dispense a liquid from supply 11 onto
the end of a length of tape 12 in the form of an atomized spray 14. A mixture
control 15 is employed to provide the correct spray mixture. Pressurized air 16 is
selectively supplied by switch 17 so that the spray 14 is only applied to the
desired portion of the tape 12 as held by tape holder 18. The tape holder then
moves the end of tape into proximity with a tape reel 19 for attachment. Air is
then blown through the tape holder to push the tape to the hub. The hub will
then shortly cinch the tape for winding.