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Application of Self-Adhesive Components by Robot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044272D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bosier, MH: AUTHOR

Abstract

Components attached, spaced at a constant pitch length, to a web of backing material fed from a roll are gripped two at a time by a gripper fitted with two vacuum tools appropriately spaced. The gripper, attached to the two components moves forward in the initial feed direction a distance equal to the component pitch length, thereby incrementing the web a corresponding distance along a predefined feed path. At about halfway through the increment of movement, the feed path direction changes abruptly so that the web becomes stripped from the foremost component held by the gripper. At the end of the increment of movement, the gripper releases the component still attached to the web, and disposes of the component it still carries as required.

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Application of Self-Adhesive Components by Robot

Components attached, spaced at a constant pitch length, to a web of backing material fed from a roll are gripped two at a time by a gripper fitted with two vacuum tools appropriately spaced. The gripper, attached to the two components moves forward in the initial feed direction a distance equal to the component pitch length, thereby incrementing the web a corresponding distance along a predefined feed path. At about halfway through the increment of movement, the feed path direction changes abruptly so that the web becomes stripped from the foremost component held by the gripper. At the end of the increment of movement, the gripper releases the component still attached to the web, and disposes of the component it still carries as required. The gripper then returns to its initial position to grip the next two components, and the process is repeated. In the figure, components, such as self-adhesive pads 1, are supported on backing paper 2 fed between guides from a roll (neither shown) through a pinch roller assembly 3 across a flat support plate 4. A gripper 5 having two vacuum tools 6 and 7 are shown attached to the foremost two components on the web. The web feed path immediately in advance of the foremost component turns via a small radius corner 8 through 90 degrees. The web in the subsequent part of the feed path passes through a further pinch roller assembly 9 and into a waste bin 10. The two sets of pinch rolle...