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Programmable Manipulator Handling System for Testing Small Batch Sizes of Product

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000052348D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 67K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bruder, SI: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This handling system is capable of test handling small batches of different-sized modules or other electrical apparatus.

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Programmable Manipulator Handling System for Testing Small Batch Sizes of Product

This handling system is capable of test handling small batches of different- sized modules or other electrical apparatus.

The system consists of a robot unit 10 provided with a module-clamping element 14 capable of grasping and manipulating modules. The unit 10 has separable tray storage units 16, 22, 24, and 26 arranged about and within working distance of the unit, and a module test can 18 with test socket 20 also within working distance. The units 16, 22, 24 and 26 each have a means to hold two stacks of trays capable of being loaded with modules or other electrical work pieces. In operation, one stack will be filled with trays filled with modules, and the adjacent stack is for holding empty trays. As indicated in unit 32, a spring mechanism 36 is provided to maintain the top trays even with the top surface of the unit, and a clamping device 34 holds it in position. As additional trays are deposited on each stack, the lower tray will be retracted downwardly into the unit. A computer 12 is provided for instructing and controlling the robot unit 10 to carry out desired test handling operations. The instructions can be permanently stored as programs 28 for controlling the robot unit 10 to accomplish specific test handling operations. A keyboard and display unit 30 is provided for entering instructions and viewing data.

A typical operation might consist of the robot unit 10 picking u...