Drive tapes are used in carriage positioning applications such as plotters, scanners, coordinate measuring conveyors, read/write heads, optical element drives, aperture positioning, and robot arms. Many are used in zero or near-zero backlash applications. Unlike belts, drive tapes are not endless. Belt Technologies' drive tapes are fitted with specialized end tabs or perforations to enable them to be secured to a location on the conveyor.
One of the best uses of a metal belt or drive tape is carriage positioning applications. The linear rail on which the carriage rides supports the weight of the carriage, and aids in belt tracking.