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Vacuum Holder Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044268D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bosier, MH: AUTHOR

Abstract

A group of vacuum holders designed to pick-up and/or hold various components which can only be loaded individually, each has an integral mechanism operated when a component is brought into contact with its associated holder, to connect that holder to a vacuum source thereby to hold the component in place. The vacuum holders not in contact with their respective components remain disconnected from the vacuum source. The mechanism in each holder may also be used to provide a signal indicating that a component is in place on the holder. The figure shows mounted on a base plate 1, a vacuum holder 2 specifically designed to hold a rubber foot 3 firmly during its subsequent attachment to the base plate of electronic equipment.

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Vacuum Holder Control

A group of vacuum holders designed to pick-up and/or hold various components which can only be loaded individually, each has an integral mechanism operated when a component is brought into contact with its associated holder, to connect that holder to a vacuum source thereby to hold the component in place. The vacuum holders not in contact with their respective components remain disconnected from the vacuum source. The mechanism in each holder may also be used to provide a signal indicating that a component is in place on the holder. The figure shows mounted on a base plate 1, a vacuum holder 2 specifically designed to hold a rubber foot 3 firmly during its subsequent attachment to the base plate of electronic equipment. Other identical holders (not shown) for the other rubber feet of the equipment are mounted on the base plate at the required relative spacing so that all the feet can be inserted into the baseplate in one operation. Each holder consists of a cylindrical body portion 4, one end of which is provided with a machined concave profile 5 to match the shape of the rubber foot to be supported and held. Since, in this case, the component itself is of deformable material, additional seals around the periphery of the concave surface are not required. A vacuum port 6 through the side of the body portion connects to a central bore 7 extending longitudinally through the body portion. With no component in place, a piston 8 within the bore is...