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Spring Delivery And Placement Process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041168D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heninger, HH: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This process transports, delivers and positions a spring in a computer-controlled timed sequence. The process is illustrated for disk drive assemblies by delivering and placing a spring on the disk drive's cleaning pad automatically, with subsequent delivery of the assembled cleaning pad unit to the disk drive.

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Spring Delivery And Placement Process

This process transports, delivers and positions a spring in a computer- controlled timed sequence. The process is illustrated for disk drive assemblies by delivering and placing a spring on the disk drive's cleaning pad automatically, with subsequent delivery of the assembled cleaning pad unit to the disk drive.

Coil springs of a desired size are delivered to orbital indexing table 11 through conduit 12 with a pulse of air. Table 11 indexes the springs to delivery station 13, at which time a signal to the computer (not shown) indicates that the position is occupied by a spring. On computer demand, solenoid valve 14 is opened to release a pulse of air which blows the spring through rigid plastic conduit 15 to placement slide fixture 16. The arrival of the spring at this point is signalled to the computer. Again, on computer demand, air cylinder 17 is activated to withdraw plunger 18, allowing the spring to fall onto the receiving unit, i.e., cleaning pad 19.

Spring/cleaning pad assembly 20 is delivered to the next position, where robot 21 picks up the unit and delivers it to a disk drive assembly, not shown.

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