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Method for a design for simultaneous handling/processing of multiple components in/from plastic or metal carrier tape

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007720D
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 4M

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a design for simultaneous handling/processing of multiple components in/from plastic or metal carrier tape. Benefits include improved productivity and improved throughput.

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Method for a design for simultaneous handling/processing of multiple components in/from plastic or metal carrier tape

Disclosed is a method for a design for simultaneous handling/processing of multiple components in/from plastic or metal carrier tape. Benefits include improved productivity and improved throughput.

Background

      The disclosed method addresses the problem of being able to process multiple components simultaneously. Conventionally, this problem is solved by utilizing a single row of pockets along a carrier tape and limiting processing to a single component (see Figure 1).

General description

      The disclosed method is a low-cost design for shipping and presenting multiple components simultaneously to assembly processes.

      The key elements of the method are:

§         Various widths of carrier tape that are sized appropriately for the equipment and quantity of components to be processes simultaneously

§         Use of a wider carrier tape than conventional industry standards

§         Use of a matrix of parallel pockets that enable the simultaneous processing of components for each index step of the process

§         Cover tape, if required, that is varied to correlate to the overall carrier tape body width

              The matrix can be flexible, containing many side-by-side components, limited only by the equipment’s capability for handling the components.

Advantages

      The technical advantages of the disclosed method include:

§         Components are arranged in a dense array for shipping purposes, shifting the transportation cost basis from space to weight.

§         Component arrangement enables a single-chuck system to simultaneously pick, place, and process multiple components, increasing machine throughput.

§         Significant design flexibility increases productivity.

§         Economies of scale are realized in tape manufacture as multiple pockets are formed simultaneously, reducing per pocket manufacturing costs.

 


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