Accession Number : ADD012338

Title :   Automatic Loading of Composite Tape Using Cassettes.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hailey,Samuel I

Report Date : 03 Feb 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : This patent application relates generally to laminating and tape-laying systems, and more specifically to a system of automatically loading composite tape onto tape-laying machine using cassettes. Automated composite laminating work centers reduce manufacturing costs and provide for high rates of production. A system for the automatic and continuous loading of composite tape into a tape-laying machine is disclosed. The system provides composite tape from a plurality of cassettes which are held in the magazine of a tape loading system. The tape loading system has a tape drive which feeds tape from a cassette in an active position to the tape-laying system in controlled amounts. The tape loading system also has a cassette transfer system which pushes a full cassette from a standby position into the active position when the cassette in the active position exhausts its supply of tape.

Descriptors :   *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *LOADING(HANDLING), *TAPE RECORDERS, TAPES, AUTOMATIC, CASSETTES, COSTS, DRIVES, FEEDING, HIGH RATE, MANUFACTURING, POSITION(LOCATION), PRODUCTION, TRANSFER

Subject Categories : Recording and Playback Devices

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE