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Cleaning Stick

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040753D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Roberts, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A cleaning stick for removing particulate contamination from a surface comprises a rod of suitable material and dimensions which has one end coated with a high tack adhesive material transfer. The rods, which have been called 'gumsticks', can be manipulated manually or robotically by the non-tacky end to apply the tacky end into recesses which may trap harmful particulate contaminants. After light pressure is applied at the tip of a gumstick to the workpiece, the gumstick is withdrawn lifting away any loose debris. The rods can be inexpensive, disposable and shaped to suit the geometry of the workpiece requiring cleaning or for lifting from one position to another.

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Cleaning Stick

A cleaning stick for removing particulate contamination from a surface comprises a rod of suitable material and dimensions which has one end coated with a high tack adhesive material transfer. The rods, which have been called 'gumsticks', can be manipulated manually or robotically by the non-tacky end to apply the tacky end into recesses which may trap harmful particulate contaminants. After light pressure is applied at the tip of a gumstick to the workpiece, the gumstick is withdrawn lifting away any loose debris. The rods can be inexpensive, disposable and shaped to suit the geometry of the workpiece requiring cleaning or for lifting from one position to another. The tip-adhesive can be selected to suit the physical condition of the workpiece, such as temperature, quantity and size of granules, as well as other conditions at the work surface. A preferred combination of materials is an acrylic rod and rubber-based transfer material. The gumsticks enable cleaning of areas which cannot be satisfactorily cleaned by other cleaning methods, such as ultrasonic and solvents. They can also provide an alternative method for robotic lifting of small parts without mechanical damage.

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