Athana International

STAR 3590 Cartridge Cleaner

The STAR 3590 Cartridge Cleaner is the first machine of its type that cleans, inspects, and retensions 3590 magnetic data cartridges. It accepts all 1/2" data cartridges that are compatible with the IBM Magstar System.

A full air bearing tape path is incorporated, duplicating the user's IBM compatible drive, as well as an autoload capacity of ten 3590 cartridges. A vacuum-assisted blade is utilized for cleaning the oxide surface of the tape, and two automatic tissue stations clean both the oxide and back surfaces.

Each 3590 cartridge is individually inserted and supported in a10 cartridge magazine. Two magazines are provided with each 3590 Cartridge Cleaner, allowing one to be processed while the second magazine is being unloaded. Cartridges can be safely and efficiently pre-staged for processing.

Hydrostatic air bearings are used to minimize tape contact and friction, while microprocessor-controlled tension tranducers provide accurate winding and tensioning.

Optional additions are the physical defect detector, which provides detection and recording of physical tape imperfections such as wrinkels, edge scratches, oxide voids, or any anomaly on the oxide surface .025" or larger. Live tapes can be cleaned with absolutely no loss of data. Problem tapes can be eliminated prior to mounting them on the computer. Physical defect recording is another option, with which any Epson-compatible printer can generate a summary report that includes tape length, short tape condition, and location of scan errors.

The power on this unit is an optional 115 VAC; 60 Hz or 220 VAC; 50 Hz with a current of 2 amps.



Media Cleaned:



STAR 3590-3 Auto Load with Physical Defect Detector  


Process Time

1.9 minutes per cartridge



Drive Speed

118.2 ips



8 inches

203 mm


19 inches

483 mm


19 inches

483 mm


61 lbs

27.7 kg


115 VAC; 60Hz
220 VAC; 50Hz
100 VAC; 50/60 Hz
2 amps


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