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PARTS FEEDING RUNNER SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006115D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Charlie Hahs: AUTHOR

Abstract

Small plastic parts are often molded in an array as a part of a runner system. These parts are then separated from the runner system by the mold operator. The parts are then put into a bag and sent to the assembly line. At the assembly line, the bag of parts will then be placed into a bowl feeder which orients the part and presents it to the manual or robotic assembly worker. The process taking an organized set of parts and disorganizing them just to reorganize them again later is inefficient.

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MOmR0L.A INC. Technical Developments Volume 12 April 1991

PARTS FEEDING RUNNER SYSTEM

by Charlie Hahs

  Small plastic parts are often molded in an array as a part of a runner system. These parts are then separated from the runner system by the mold operator. The parts are then put into a bag and sent to the assembly line. At the assembly line, the bag of parts will then be placed into a bowl feeder which orients the part and presents it to the manual or robotic assembly worker. The process taking an organized set of parts and disorganizing them just to reorganize them again later is inefficient.

  Several alternative methods have been utilized to eliminate this inefficiency. Molding equipment has been designed to create continuous runner systems which link sequential runners together. Cloth or metallic feeder bands are sometimes "insert molded" as part of the molding operation. Systems have also been designed to include robotically or manually placing the parts into tape and reel feeder tape at the molding operation. Each of these methods as well as others in the industry require specialized molding and handling equipment at the mold operation.

  The parts-feeding runner system is designed to utilize the runner system as a feeding mechanism for parts entering a robotic work-station, but does not require specialized molding equipment. The design does not require complicated mold operations to produce-the hinge design is producible with the simplest A-B type tooling,...