Browse Prior Art Database

Component Orienting Apparatus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077147D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Demchyshyn, B: AUTHOR

Abstract

Annular members 1 (Fig. 1), having counterbores or other internal recesses 2 adjacent their one ends 3 but not their opposite ends 4 are stacked end to end on rods 5 (Fig. 2), or into tubes, in similarly oriented directions.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
At least one non-text object (such as an image or picture) has been suppressed.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 53% of the total text.

Page 1 of 3

Component Orienting Apparatus

Annular members 1 (Fig. 1), having counterbores or other internal recesses 2 adjacent their one ends 3 but not their opposite ends 4 are stacked end to end on rods 5 (Fig. 2), or into tubes, in similarly oriented directions.

Members 1 fed randomly into tube 6 by a SYNTRON vibrator or the like, not shown, are successively deposited by gravity in respective nests 7, defined by radial recesses spaced at equal angles around the periphery of wheel 8. Each nest has a centering spindle 9 surrounded by a plurality of pin-type probes 10. Each member 1 can seat fully (see Fig. 1) if it enters the nest recess down; but if it enters the nest recess up, probes 10 will intercept nonrecessed end 4 and cause the member to protrude (as shown in Fig. 1A).

Each member is thereafter carried at a preselected constant rate past a photocell 11 (Fig. 2) that senses those members having their recessed ends 3 protruding as in Fig. 1A, to cause delay circuitry to actuate gate 12 at the appropriate times to the position in which it is shown to divert those members with protruding ends via tubes 13,14 into radial nests 15 in wheel 16. Wheel 16 carries the members 180 degrees, re-orienting them so they will drop in succession recess down via tube 17 onto rod 5a. When members are fully nested, however, the photocell will not be triggered; gate 12 will remain biased to the position shown in dotted lines, in which it diverts members (now recess up) via tubes 13,15 directly onto rod 5b.

Arcuate retainers 19 partially encircle wheels 8,16 to prevent the members from falling out of nests 7,15, respectively. Gates 20 in tubes 17,18 normally swing down and open to allow members to descend onto the respective rods; however, when the rods become loaded, these gates are temporarily actuated to a closed position to support the descending members while a new rod 5 is rotatively indexed into loading position.

Alternatively, the members 1 may be oriented by dropping at a loading station 24 (Fig. 3) from a suitable feed tube (like 6, but not sho...