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Automatic Ribbon Guide Assembly to Flexband

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036335D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kozol, EJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes an automated station which removes a ribbon guide from a magazine and loads it into a form position and form for use on an automatic flex ribbon assembly line. The ribbon guide then is advanced to a flexband assembly and located. Two tabs on the flexband are lifted and locked against the ribbon guide face and on top of the flexband and are welded securing a ribbon guide to the flexband.

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Automatic Ribbon Guide Assembly to Flexband

This article describes an automated station which removes a ribbon guide from a magazine and loads it into a form position and form for use on an automatic flex ribbon assembly line. The ribbon guide then is advanced to a flexband assembly and located. Two tabs on the flexband are lifted and locked against the ribbon guide face and on top of the flexband and are welded securing a ribbon guide to the flexband.

The station includes equipment as follows:

A. Main station base

B. Rotary dual-part magazines with 1000 parts each

C. Part placement device to pick part from magazine

and load into form (pick head)

D. Roller transfer device to clear path for ribbon

guide

E. Loading head

F. Ultrasonic welder

G. Rotary cylinder to rotate ultrasonic welder

H. Motor-driven lead screw (2X) to drive parts to up

position

J. Lifting cylinder for

forming chuck "K"

K. Forming chuck

L. Rotater for magazine

Fig. 1 is a front view of the ribbon guide. Fig. 2 shows the flexband and fixture pallet. Fig. 3 is a top view and Fig. 4 is a side view of the station.

The fixture pallet arrives at the station via conveyor. The pallet is then stopped and located precisely. The roller transport D

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then is actuated and the two guide rollers on transport D are removed from the pallet. The rotary parts magazine B with two magazines holding 1000 parts each will position one magazine for pickoff by the parts placement device C. The magazine will remain in that position until emptied and the opposite magazine will be rotated by rotater drive L into position. The parts are moved to the up position by a motor driven lead screw H.

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