Tape Reel Hand Tool
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
This article describes a tape reel hand tool consisting of a hub holder and two large handles. The tool aids in getting the reels of tape on and off a machine's spindles. Reels of tape are difficult to get on and off machine spindles and storage arbors during manufacture of a tape cassette. There is nothing on the hub for an operator to grasp, and handling the wound tape portion of the reel can cause the tape to start unraveling or edge damage. Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1A is a front view of the tape reel hand tool disclosed herein, and Fig. 1B is a detail view of the tool handle assembly. The tape reel hand tool consists of a hub holder and two large handles, as shown in Fig. 1B. The hub holder has a lip and two spring loaded tabs which fit into an undercut in the ID of the outer rim of the tape reel hub.