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Snap-In Bearing Block for Shaft Mounting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047333D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Galatha, MJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Snap-in bearing blocks for quick and inexpensive assembly of axle shafts to frames are known, for example, as taught in U.S. Patent 3,389,498. The prior art, however, still requires a sequence of assembling motions in several directions which can easily be accomplished manually, but which is difficult to accomplish using an assembly robot. This disclosure shows a snap-in bearing block and receiving slot which can be snapped-in in a single downward motion performable by a simple robot. As shown in the figure, bearing block 13, which preassembles onto axle shaft 11, has flexible tabs 15, which spread apart as the bearing block is pushed downwardly over the edges 17 of the side frame. The tabs 15 engage locking holes 19 which then hold the bearing block in place in the side frame.

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Snap-In Bearing Block for Shaft Mounting

Snap-in bearing blocks for quick and inexpensive assembly of axle shafts to frames are known, for example, as taught in U.S. Patent 3,389,498. The prior art, however, still requires a sequence of assembling motions in several directions which can easily be accomplished manually, but which is difficult to accomplish using an assembly robot. This disclosure shows a snap-in bearing block and receiving slot which can be snapped-in in a single downward motion performable by a simple robot. As shown in the figure, bearing block 13, which preassembles onto axle shaft 11, has flexible tabs 15, which spread apart as the bearing block is pushed downwardly over the edges 17 of the side frame. The tabs 15 engage locking holes 19 which then hold the bearing block in place in the side frame. A grip surface 21 may be provided to facilitate the robot's grip on the bearing block so long as the grip surface tab does not interfere with other parts of the machine being assembled.

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