So, the other day I had the opportunity of dismantling a ZIP unit.

rohs centering2

I was expecting something like a casette recorder, but instead, It’s a miniature VCR. I won’t bore you with a teardown, as I’m sure there are many in the Net. However, I found a really neat bit I’d like to point out.

The reading head has a very interesting counterbalance:

rohs centering

Yup, blobs of solder in a thin adhesive FR4 board. That’s ROHS centering for you.

I also got something else, but that will have to wait for another time, go to sleep now, my electronic lads.


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