06654194 is referenced by 5 patents and cites 2 patents.

According to the invention, techniques for cleaning a rotary magneto-resistive head. Embodiments according to the invention are especially useful in tape drive systems, and the like. Embodiments can provide methods and apparatus for cleaning contaminant from rotary magneto-resistive heads while guarding against damage to the head from excess cleaning, and the like. Specific embodiments can control the rotational speed of a rotary magneto-resistive head in order to facilitate cleaning operations. Embodiments include a cleaning device and a control method, and are suited for use in a magneto-resistive head mounted on a rotary cylinder of a computer tape storage unit, for example, although application of the present invention is not limited to such embodiments.

Title
High reliability magneto-resistive head cleaning system
Application Number
9/631612
Publication Number
6654194 (B1)
Application Date
August 4, 2000
Publication Date
November 25, 2003
Inventor
Kuniako Hirayama
Hitachinaka
US
Kenkichi Inada
Hitachinaka
US
Toshio Tsuchiya
Hitachinaka
US
Akihisa Obata
Hitachinaka
US
Shigeru Yamazaki
Yokohama
US
Hidekazu Takeda
Hiratsuka
US
Kenmei Masuda
Yokohama
US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
US
Assignee
Hitachi
US
IPC
G11B 19/02
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