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Module Auto Load and Sort Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045877D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baker, DE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes an automatic module load and sort mechanism. Fig. 1 is a front view of the sorting mechanism, Fig. 2 is a side, cross-sectional view along the section lines 2-2' of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a circuit schematic diagram of the solenoid-driving circuit. Figs. 4a and 4b illustrate the de-energized and energized states, respectively, for the slot-blocking mechanism.

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Module Auto Load and Sort Mechanism

This article describes an automatic module load and sort mechanism. Fig. 1 is a front view of the sorting mechanism, Fig. 2 is a side, cross-sectional view along the section lines 2-2' of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a circuit schematic diagram of the solenoid-driving circuit. Figs. 4a and 4b illustrate the de-energized and energized states, respectively, for the slot-blocking mechanism.

Fig. 1 shows the slide 2 in which there are two longitudinal recesses into which a failed module tray 4 goes and into which a good module tray 6 goes, as shown. At the top of the slide 2 there is a pair of slots 12 which mate with the top of the failed tray, and a pair of slots 14 which mate with the good tray 6. A fork- shaped slot-blocking mechanism 8 is slidably positioned in the slots 12 so as to block the entrance to the failed tray 4 and to prevent the operator from inserting a tested module into the tray 4. Furthermore, a second slot-blocking mechanism 10 slidably engages the pair of slots 14 so as to prevent the operator from inserting a tested module into the good tray 6. When the tester, which is testing the modules, determines that a particular module is a failed module, it energizes the fail solenoid 16 which responds by sliding the slot-blocking mechanism 8 downwardly so as to open the slots 12 to enable the operator to insert the failed module into the failed tray 4.

Similarly, if the tester determines that a particular module is a good module, it energizes the good solenoid 18, which responds by sliding the slot-blocking mechanism 10 downwardly in the slots 14 so as to enable the operator to slide the good module into the good tray 6. Thus, the objective of the invention is met, which is to prevent the operator from inadvertently inserting a failed module into the good tray or, alternately, a good module into the failed tray.

A more detailed illustration of the invention can be seen with reference to Figs. 3 a...