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Mechanism for Transferring Items to and From Slotted Magazines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034290D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 93K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, TM: AUTHOR

Abstract

A mechanism is described that provides for a simple, smooth, inexpensive means of transferring items, such as circuit boards, trays of parts, etc., to and from magazines. (Image Omitted) Automated processing equipment for such items as circuit board assemblies commonly uses slotted magazines for transfer and storage. The smooth handling of items is often critical since unsecured components may be dislodged by rough handling. This mechanism provides this smoothness and additional features over the prior art. Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, the mechanism consists of a rotary actuator 15 which rotates a drive gear 16. The drive wheel motor assembly 13 is pivoted about shaft 12 by link 14. The driven gear 17 symmetrically drives the other side.

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Mechanism for Transferring Items to and From Slotted Magazines

A mechanism is described that provides for a simple, smooth, inexpensive means of transferring items, such as circuit boards, trays of parts, etc., to and from magazines.

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Automated processing equipment for such items as circuit board assemblies commonly uses slotted magazines for transfer and storage. The smooth handling of items is often critical since unsecured components may be dislodged by rough handling. This mechanism provides this smoothness and additional features over the prior art. Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, the mechanism consists of a rotary actuator 15 which rotates a drive gear 16. The drive wheel motor assembly 13 is pivoted about shaft 12 by link 14. The driven gear 17 symmetrically drives the other side. The mechanism removes the product 11 from the magazine by using the pusher arm 19 to eject the product sufficiently to allow the drive wheels to engage and drive the product out. Tractive forces are provided by activating the rotary actuator. The mechanism replaces the product into the magazine by reversing the drive motors 13. As the product end passes the drive wheels, as depicted in the figures, the motor assemblies are pivoted inward to completely push the product into the magazine. The damped rotary actuator operates through 180 degrees. This provides the drive motor assemblies and hence the product. It also provides for relatively high tractive forces when drivin...