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The LTO Cartridge Barcode Memory Analyzer from Maxell has a built-in barcode scanner, and gives you the ability to access and display history in a clear and easy-to-understand format, and takes the mystery out of trying to determine whether or not a tape is safe to use. All LTO Cartridges contain an internal memory chip called Cartridge Memory (CM). This chip contains vital information about the cartridge. The CM Analyzer reads this information and extracts it into special software with a clear and concise display. In addition, the barcode scanner enables automatic reading and writing of the barcode label information to the cartridge memory IC chip.
¬The CM reader is approximately the same size as an LTO cartridge. Unlike an LTO tape drive, however, the CM reader does not need to thread the tape in order to access the CM. Place the cartridge on top of the reader and the display immediately shows the relevant information. A locator feature in the frame matches a notch in the cartridge, thereby ensuring that the cartridge is always correctly oriented.
All IT personnel track and identify tapes by their barcode labels. If a barcode label is defaced or unintentionally removed, the tape must be loaded into an LTO drive to determine what its contents are. With this unit, when a tape is first placed on the analyzer that has a built in barcode reader/writer, the user is given the option of writing the barcode label information to the cartridge memory. One click of the mouse button automatically writes the information to the cartridge memory chip. The benefit is that if a barcode label is rendered unreadable for any reason, the user places the cartridge on the analyzer and it is immediately identified.
Identify deteriorating cartridges before they fail
Store mission critical data
Establish quality standards for LTO cartridges and tape drives
The CM Analyzer can monitor any cartridge and retire aging or damaged ones before they fail, fewer failures equals saving time and money in reruns
It enables you to identify and eliminate any cartridge that does not meet your standards
Interpreting Maxell Data
It can be time consuming, tedious, and inconsistent if you try to examine all the data in order to evaluate a cartridge. Not everyone may give each parameter the same weight. It is helpful to create a single score number that is automatically and consistently calculated from all available data. The MaxellScore is a Tape Evaluation Score ranging from 0 (very bad) to 100 (very good).
When in an 'automatic mode', the Maxell CM reader automatically detects the presence of a cartridge, reads its memory chip, and displays the data. The 'save file' function allows you save the CM contents in a file.
The 'Save Cartridge History' function reads the CM and saves its contents in a file. ¬This function allows you to rapidly read and save the CM contents of many cartridges
If you scan a cartridge that has been previously scanned, the Maxell software automatically finds and appends the previously saved file, allowing you to easily build a complete performance record for each cartridge.
Opens and displays previously saved files. When more than one file is selected, the software performs a statistical analysis and displays statistical data including maximum, minimum, average, and standard deviation from the selected files. Regardless of the number of cartridges you evaluate, unacceptable cartridges will immediately be shown.
The display gives you the information you need. Values that are outside acceptable norms are highlighted in order of severity in yellow, orange, and red colors
Maxell Score and Summary Errors that occurred within the last four times the cartridge was loaded are known as "recent errors". Because of their importance they are displayed first and are weighted higher than other errors in calculating MaxellScore.
When the saved results of several cartridges are selected, the Maxell software displays the summary information of all tapes plus additional statistical information, which includes the minimum, the maximum, the average, and the standard deviation of all values.
Click on a value (on MaxellScore, for example) and the table is sorted for this value.
Cartridges that do not meet your standard can immediately be identified and discarded.
Usage History Screen
Scanning a cartridge periodically with the "Save Cartridge History" option enabled creates a complete record of the cartridge.
Scanning a cartridge periodically is the best way to track its performance and detect the time when the cartridge should be retired.
Data Displayed with the Maxell CM Reader
The available data includes:
Percentage of records in error
Recovered read and write errors
Unrecovered read and write errors
Servo errors and fatal servo errors
Number of bytes written and read
Number of cartridge loads
Age of cartridge
Details of the last four times the cartridge was used
Details of the drive(s) that the cartridge was used in
Table of Contents
The CM reader can be connected to most systems
Maxell application software runs under all recent Windows operating systems