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Automatic Flatpack Mounter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060841D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moretin, LV: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The flatpack-mounting machine automatically transports a variety of flatpacks from inventory storage to a hot blade soldering station where flatpacks are automatically placed on a printed wiring board (PWB) and then soldered. Flatpacks 1 (Fig. 1) are placed into carriers 2 for protection of leads 3 and stacked in modules or magazines 4 (Fig. 2) in an inventory supply system. A robotic arm (not shown) of an IBM 7510 RS1 robot picks up a flatpack 1 from magazine 4 and transports it to a transfer station 5. After the robotic arm recedes, a component sweep arm 6 moves the flatpack 1 from the transfer station 5 to a pickup station 7 of a flatpack placement and reflow station (FPRS) 8. A video camera (not shown) inspects the positional location of the flatpack leads to ensure proper alignment prior to mounting.

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Automatic Flatpack Mounter

The flatpack-mounting machine automatically transports a variety of flatpacks from inventory storage to a hot blade soldering station where flatpacks are automatically placed on a printed wiring board (PWB) and then soldered. Flatpacks 1 (Fig. 1) are placed into carriers 2 for protection of leads 3 and stacked in modules or magazines 4 (Fig. 2) in an inventory supply system. A robotic arm (not shown) of an IBM 7510 RS1 robot picks up a flatpack 1 from magazine 4 and transports it to a transfer station 5. After the robotic arm recedes, a component sweep arm 6 moves the flatpack 1 from the transfer station 5 to a pickup station 7 of a flatpack placement and reflow station (FPRS)
8. A video camera (not shown) inspects the positional location of the flatpack leads to ensure proper alignment prior to mounting. If leads are improperly aligned, the flatpack 1 is rejected. If alignment is correct, a vacuum quill pickup head (not shown) positions the flatpackover a prefluxed PWB (not shown) which is located on a X-Y table on the FPRS 8. The flatpack 1 is placed on the PWB by the vacuum quill pickup head and is secured using a hot blade solder reflow system. The hot blades temperature is controlled by a thermocouple to ensure the correct soldering temperature. The equipment is controlled by an IBM Series/1 computer.

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