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Escapement Mechanism Using Rotary Actuators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038416D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Drzewinski, G: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes an arrangement in which four escapement mechanisms are attached to four feed conveyors, respectively, and allow selection of any combination of part feeding. The sequence is programmable, allowing flexibility to line operation. (Image Omitted) The escapement mechanism is used to accept a continuous flow of "parts" and escape one part on command while holding the remaining parts behind, free of the escaping part. There are four independent escapements, each with a similar but different part to be escaped. The escapements are controlled with a programmable controller that accepts an input signal that tells the system what part it needs and the controller sends a signal to the proper escapement. Figs. 1, 2 and 3 are top, front and side views, respectively, of the escapement mechanism. Fig.

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Escapement Mechanism Using Rotary Actuators

This article describes an arrangement in which four escapement mechanisms are attached to four feed conveyors, respectively, and allow selection of any combination of part feeding. The sequence is programmable, allowing flexibility to line operation.

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The escapement mechanism is used to accept a continuous flow of "parts" and escape one part on command while holding the remaining parts behind, free of the escaping part. There are four independent escapements, each with a similar but different part to be escaped. The escapements are controlled with a programmable controller that accepts an input signal that tells the system what part it needs and the controller sends a signal to the proper escapement. Figs. 1, 2 and 3 are top, front and side views, respectively, of the escapement mechanism. Fig. 4 illustrates the complete assembly layout. The escapement mechanism has a base plate 1. Attached to the base plate are actuator mounting brackets 2. Location and height of these brackets is determined by the width, length and height of the part 3 to be escaped. A rotary actuator 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D is attached to each of four mounting brackets 2. Clamped to each actuator shaft is a holding foot 5 that rotates with the actuator shaft. A magnetic interlock switch 6 is attached to the holding foot 5 and the mounting bracket. The assembly is mounted onto a base, table, conveyor, etc., 7 and should be mounted at an angle...