The BOW Model 432 provides an economical instrumentation tape cleaner with non-precision wind for 1 inch NAB and 1/2 inch NAB or IBM reels. The 432 was designed to handle reel sizes from 10.5 inches to 16 inches in diameter. An optical inspector is provided to allow the user to establish a fail criteria to weed out bad tapes and save valuable reusable tapes. In conjunction with the optical inspector, a stop on defect feature has been added to allow the operator to visually inspect any physical defects found on the tape.
The 432 is available in both our standard table top cabinet, as shown, or ready for rack mounting to an EIA rack.
For the best non-precision wind instrumentation tape conditioner for your valuable tapes, the BOW Model 432 is the solution to your needs.
The BOW Model 432 incorporates the safest and most effective method of cleaning tape, with a sapphire blade for removing dirt adhered to the tape, and cleaning tissues stations for removal of any loose dirt. BOW's unique pivoting cleaning blade design simplifies blade contact with a double-edged sapphire blade for scrapping the tape in both directions of travel. If desired, the operator can retract the cleaning blade from the tape path entirely for 'tissue only' cleaning. The automatically advancing tissue stations are made of non-shedding nylon material that are placed such that both the oxide and back sides of the tape are cleaned, both upstream and downstream of the sapphire blade. For optimum efficiency, the BOW Model 432 allows the operator to select tissue speeds (FAST, MEDIUM or SLOW) according to the amount of dirt on the tape.
A frequent problem for tape users is edge damage caused when protruding layers of a scattered wind contact the reel flanges. The Model 432 features a large pack roller that prevents scattering and centers the tape uniformly on the reel hub without touching either flange.
Because of aerodynamic effects of the tape at the cleaning blade and tissue stations, the best speed for cleaning effectiveness is approximately 300 ips (inches per second). Although greater speeds are possible, the 432 runs at 300 ips in both forward and reverse direction under digital tachometer control to optimize this ratio of efficiency.
The NAB hubs require a simple push-in motion, which extends three fingers that push the tape reel back securely against the hub's back flange. This assures straight alignment and safe seating for every reel. The IBM hubs function the same except they use bands that swell to hold the IBM reels securely.
A self-test feature is provided that allows the operator to verify the readiness of the system prior to processing any tape. This feature also provides the technician with valuable information to hasten the time of repair.
BLADE LIFE INDICATOR
The sapphire cleaning blade will stay sharp for at least six million feed of tape. The Model 432 keeps track and indicates in percentage the amount of life remaining so that a sharp edge is always assured.
Normally the Model 432 is delivered in a table-top
cabinet, as shown, but a rack mounting kit is available. Models that
have a maximum reel diameter of 10.5 inches (432C, 432H and 432T)
will mount in a standard 19 or 24 inch EIA rack. Models that have a
maximum reel diameter of 16 inches (432I and 432W) require a 24 inch