magnetic field or until the tape coating deteriorates. When magnetic tape recordings are ruined, the cause is usually poor handling, improper storage, or shipping damage. If you want your tape recordings to last a long time, you need to know how to properly handle, store, and ship magnetic tape. ">
HANDLING, STORING, AND PACKAGING MAGNETIC TAPE
Today's magnetic tape coatings can store recorded signals for years. The data recorded is a permanent record that won't fade or weaken with age. And, it'll remain unchanged until it's altered by another magnetic field or until the tape coating deteriorates.
When magnetic tape recordings are ruined, the cause is usually poor handling, improper storage, or shipping damage. If you want your tape recordings to last a long time, you need to know how to properly handle, store, and ship magnetic tape.
HANDLING MAGNETIC TAPE
A magnetic tape reel or cartridge should always be in one of two places, either mounted on a tape recorder or in its storage container. When you handle magnetic tape, follow these rules:
STORING MAGNETIC TAPE
Most magnetic tape reels and cartridges spend a lot of time in storage. It's very important that you protect the stored tape from physical damage and the damaging effects of contamination and temperature and humidity extremes. If you don't, damage to the tape pack such as oxide shedding, layer-to-layer sticking, and tape deformation can happen. To protect magnetic tape from damage during storage, follow these rules:
PACKAGING MAGNETIC TAPE FOR SHIPPING
There may be times when you are asked to package magnetic tape reels or tape cartridges for shipment. If you want the tape to arrive in good condition, you must pack it properly to protect it from damage. The packaging you use must protect the tape reels or cartridges from impact, vibration, and temperature and humidity changes. Here are some simple rules to follow:
DO always package tape reels so that they're supported by their hub. This prevents any pressure on the reel's flanges that might flex the flanges against the tape pack. Figure 2-9 shows a shipping box that supports the tape reel by the hub.
Figure 2-9. - Reel box that supports reel by the hub.
Q.30 When magnetic tapes are ruined, what three factors are normally the cause?