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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047360D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Poweleit, HR: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article concerns an indicator which may be used in combination with a holder, itself used to retain an article during automative processing, e.g., a multilayer ceramic (MLC), during automated electroplating. The indicator features both mechanical and magnetic means for conveying information. Indicators are placed or not placed on the holder in a sequence to produce a series of ones (indicators present) or zeros (indicators absent) which constitutes a binary word or words containing the information to be conveyed. In processes such as automated electroplating where, for example, MLC may be batch processed, associated automatic routing electronics requires identification of the product in order to assure proper physical control of the product in the course of the process.

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This article concerns an indicator which may be used in combination with a holder, itself used to retain an article during automative processing, e.g., a multilayer ceramic (MLC), during automated electroplating. The indicator features both mechanical and magnetic means for conveying information. Indicators are placed or not placed on the holder in a sequence to produce a series of ones (indicators present) or zeros (indicators absent) which constitutes a binary word or words containing the information to be conveyed. In processes such as automated electroplating where, for example, MLC may be batch processed, associated automatic routing electronics requires identification of the product in order to assure proper physical control of the product in the course of the process. This article describes an indicator which may be series mounted on the product holder to convey product information which facilitates product handling. In accordance with the indicator of this article, a product holder is provided having ten positions for receiving or not receiving indicators. Once the positions are filled or not filled with indicators, i.e., "written", the ten positions may be electrically or mechanically interrogated to read the information represented. The subject indicator is shown in the figure. As seen in the figure, indicator 10 includes a read face 12 which is held, by means of ramped stanchions 14, away from the plane of the holder upon which it is mou...