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Component Lead Straightener

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043457D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gulliksen, JT: AUTHOR

Abstract

This device mechanically straightens kinked or out-of-line leads on reclaimed electronic components to the close tolerances needed for automatic component insertion. This is accomplished by using two mirror image sections with wide V-notch guides and radiused lead-straightening channels. The apparatus consists of a fixed lower section 1 and a mirror image upper section 3 free to move vertically but guided in precise relation to the lower section. Each section contains a plurality of V-notch channels 5, the center lines of which correspond to the center to center distances of the component leads 6 to be straightened. These sections also contain guide blocks 7 which interleave with the V-notches and support sections of the component leads during the final phase of the straightening operation.

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Component Lead Straightener

This device mechanically straightens kinked or out-of-line leads on reclaimed electronic components to the close tolerances needed for automatic component insertion. This is accomplished by using two mirror image sections with wide V- notch guides and radiused lead-straightening channels. The apparatus consists of a fixed lower section 1 and a mirror image upper section 3 free to move vertically but guided in precise relation to the lower section. Each section contains a plurality of V-notch channels 5, the center lines of which correspond to the center to center distances of the component leads 6 to be straightened. These sections also contain guide blocks 7 which interleave with the V-notches and support sections of the component leads during the final phase of the straightening operation. The bottom of the V-notch 9 has a convex radius, and the tip of the guide block has a concave radius 11 corresponding to the diameter of the component leads. This prevents squeezing and deformation of the component leads. This apparatus requires no preliminary hand straightening of the leads. It can be pneumatically operated with a throughput of approximately 1000 units per hour.

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