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Back Panel Connector Assembly Using a Robot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047514D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kaftan, RL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A means is set forth for automating the manual assembly of frame and connectors used as a back panel. This assembly is currently performed by three operators. An analysis of the assembly revealed that it would be possible to perform this assembly with the IBM 7535 Robot. As shown, the assembly consists of an "E" frame 21 into which is placed twelve individual connectors 22. The connectors are affixed to the frame by two self-tapping screws 23, attaching each end of the connector into the "E" frame. The "E" frame 21 is positioned in the assembly fixture by placing it over two locating pins which enter the E-frame locating holes 24. The application, as shown in Fig. 2A, consists of an IBM 7535 Robot 1 mounted upon a standard machine base 2. The frame and connector fixture 3 are mounted in a pivot motion device 4.

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Back Panel Connector Assembly Using a Robot

A means is set forth for automating the manual assembly of frame and connectors used as a back panel. This assembly is currently performed by three operators. An analysis of the assembly revealed that it would be possible to perform this assembly with the IBM 7535 Robot. As shown, the assembly consists of an "E" frame 21 into which is placed twelve individual connectors 22. The connectors are affixed to the frame by two self-tapping screws 23, attaching each end of the connector into the "E" frame. The "E" frame 21 is positioned in the assembly fixture by placing it over two locating pins which enter the E-frame locating holes 24. The application, as shown in Fig. 2A, consists of an IBM 7535 Robot 1 mounted upon a standard machine base 2. The frame and connector fixture 3 are mounted in a pivot motion device 4. A fixed 90-degree multi-gripper with a dual gripper assembly 5 is mounted on the "Z" axis. The "E" frame 21 is preloaded in a sheet metal container type magazine 6. This magazine is inserted into the frame dispense station base 7. At each cycle a frame is pneumatically advanced from the bottom of the magazine to the pick-up position 8. Since the connectors are received in pre-packed containers, a sheet metal container-type magazine 9 is used and the containers are pre-loaded into the magazine. This magazine is inserted into the connector dispense station base 10. At each cycle a completed container is pushed by the robot and drops through the opening 11 in the machine base. Another container is pneumatically advanced from the bottom of the magazine to the pick-up position 12. Since the subsequent operation requires some soldering of wires on the back side of the panel, the completed assembly is rotated in the pivot motion...