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Auto Bar-Code Label Applicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038446D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fink, OJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate an Automatic Bar-Code Label Applicator. Its function is to identify rejected circuit panels after a negative electronic test. This is done by applying a bar-code label, at a very high speed, without stopping the panel. When a rejected panel 1 is detected by the tester, a signal is sent to the label applicator. This command prepares the label applicator to apply a label. This label is necessary because all panels, good or bad, will move under the applicator. Once the applicator is ready, a proximity sensor activates a cylinder pivoting down the applicator head 11. This action applies pressure via a guide spring 11A between the adhesive-backed label an panel 1, which causes the label 2 to stick onto the panel 1, as it moves by the applicator head.

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Auto Bar-Code Label Applicator

Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate an Automatic Bar-Code Label

Applicator. Its function is to identify rejected circuit panels after a negative electronic test. This is done by applying a bar-code label, at a very high speed, without stopping the panel. When a rejected panel 1 is detected by the tester, a signal is sent to the label applicator. This command prepares the label applicator to apply a label. This label is necessary because all panels, good or bad, will move under the applicator. Once the applicator is ready, a proximity sensor activates a cylinder pivoting down the applicator head 11. This action applies pressure via a guide spring 11A between the adhesive-backed label an panel 1, which causes the label 2 to stick onto the panel 1, as it moves by the applicator head. The small pressure sensitive precut label is separated from the back-up paper by moving it around the 2 mm radii of the applicator head. This exposes its adhesive tension by a motor-driven reel. As the back-up paper is separated from the label 2, the label is moved outwards until sensor 3 senses a label and turns off the take-up reel motor. The label is kept straight by a cantilever action until it is applied onto the panel. Sensor 3 controls the supply and stop position of tape with labels. A second sensor identifies the end of labels and notifies the operator of the need for a new reel of labels.

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