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TAPE AND BOX PACKAGE FOR LARGE COMPONENTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005828D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Donald E. McFadden: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method of packaging large components for presentation to automated assembly equipment is described. The method combines the features of tape and reel with the features of fan-fold-in-box packaging used for computer paper. Description Tape and reel packaging is commonly used as the preferred method of supplying components for automated assembly processes. This method is desirable in that it presents the parts one at a time end in a uniform orientation, the package is convenient to handle and feed, and the parts are securely protected by the pocket and cover tape. However, for com- ponents as large as a pager housing a reel becomes impractically large and unwieldy.

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MOlOROlA Technical Developments Volume 10 March 1990

TAPE AND BOX PACKAGE FOR LARGE COMPONENTS

by Donald E. McFadden

Abstract

   A method of packaging large components for presentation to automated assembly equipment is described. The method combines the features of tape and reel with the features of fan-fold-in-box packaging used for computer paper. Description

   Tape and reel packaging is commonly used as the preferred method of supplying components for automated assembly processes. This method is desirable in that it presents the parts one at a time end in a uniform orientation, the package is convenient to handle and feed, and the parts are securely protected by the pocket and cover tape. However, for com- ponents as large as a pager housing a reel becomes impractically large and unwieldy.

Large parts are currently supplied to automated assembly processes in trays. The trays allow dust to settle on the parts, require a large pick envelope for a robot, and must be changed frequently.

   In the tape and box concept, (see Fig. 1) the tape is similar in construction to the existing tape and reel packages. There is a molded plastic carrier tape with pockets for the parts and sprocket holes for tractor feeding. There is a cover tape glued or bonded to the carrier tape. The distinction for tape and box lies in the fact that the tape is scored and laid out so as to be fan-folded into a rectangular carton rather than wound around a hub.

   As is common for paper used in computer...