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Flexband Trays for Automatic Storing, Transporting and Dispensing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034335D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kozol, EJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a flexband tray is used for storing, transporting, dispensing and the prevention of damage to parts during automatic assembly operations. The flexband tray measures 1" high x 16" wide x 40" long, although the concept could be any dimension adaptable to a stacking system. The tray consists of eighteen pockets 10, as shown in the figure, which are used to hold eighteen flexband assemblies. Each tray is equipped with thirteen lugs 11, with six on one side and seven on the other. The lugs are used for spacing and locating the trays during stacking operations. The lugs are so spaced that the trays can be error proofed during the stacking operation, since the orientation of all trays are in one direction only. Section A-A shows how the lugs are used for the stack positioning.

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Flexband Trays for Automatic Storing, Transporting and Dispensing

A technique is described whereby a flexband tray is used for storing, transporting, dispensing and the prevention of damage to parts during automatic assembly operations. The flexband tray measures 1" high x 16" wide x 40" long, although the concept could be any dimension adaptable to a stacking system. The tray consists of eighteen pockets 10, as shown in the figure, which are used to hold eighteen flexband assemblies. Each tray is equipped with thirteen lugs 11, with six on one side and seven on the other. The lugs are used for spacing and locating the trays during stacking operations. The lugs are so spaced that the trays can be error proofed during the stacking operation, since the orientation of all trays are in one direction only. Section A-A shows how the lugs are used for the stack positioning. The trays are fabricated in one piece, by using a thermoforming high impact styrene, into a three dimension shape. The trays are designed for use in a flexband load station. There are two stacks at each station, with each stack holding twenty-two trays that, in turn, hold 396 parts. These stacks are located underneath the working surface of the station. They are vertically elevated into a working surface where a photocell signals an elevator to stop when the tray is in position. A robot, located in the center of both stacks, unloads the flexband tray onto a floating fixture. When a tray is completely...