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Apparatus for Transferring Sheets From a Stack to a Receiving Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061385D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Michallik, NM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The placing of footpads with adhesive coatings on the base of equipment chassis such as data processing cabinets can be enhanced by using a robotic assembly to select and place footpads. This requires that the footpads be made accessible to the robot. The apparatus shown and described provides this access.

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Apparatus for Transferring Sheets From a Stack to a Receiving Station

The placing of footpads with adhesive coatings on the base of equipment chassis such as data processing cabinets can be enhanced by using a robotic assembly to select and place footpads. This requires that the footpads be made accessible to the robot. The apparatus shown and described provides this access.

The footpads 10 are formed on a backing sheet and are die cut at their base 11 so that each footpad can be individually removed from the backing sheet without disturbing the other footpads. The backing sheets are stacked face down in a bin 15. The top sheet of the stack is removed by bringing a vacuum plate 20 into contact with the top of the stack in bin 15. To rotate vacuum plate 20, actuator assembly 25 rotates shaft 26 which is fixed to arms 21 of plate 20. When plate 20 is in position over the stack in bin 15, the bin is raised until the top sheet in the stack contacts vacuum plate 20 where it adheres to the plate. The stack is then lowered leaving the top sheet attached to the vacuum plate 20. Plate 20 is again rotated by shaft 26 into the position shown in the figure where the footpads 10 are now in an upward position and are readily accessible to the robot. When the footpads 10 on the backing sheet have all been removed, the backing sheet is removed from the vacuum plate by removing the vacuum from plate 20 and using the arm of the robot to sweep the sheet off plate 20. After the shee...