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Pneumatic Parts Orientation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077725D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rogers, RJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A single continuous air stream transfers successive parts from a feed track to a work station.

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Pneumatic Parts Orientation

A single continuous air stream transfers successive parts from a feed track to a work station.

Parts travel down the feed track at spaced intervals toward a work station. Each part must be flipped over from the track to the station to expose a properly oriented work face. Air from the air nozzle splits into schematic streams A and B. The nozzle must be positioned so that B is stronger than A. When a part is present at the track bottom as shown, stream A is channeled against the bottom of the part to flip it over as a result of rotation on axis C; as the part passes 90 degrees from horizontal, pressure from A and B completes the rotation. Once the part is flipped over, it is held in place and moved toward D by stream B.

Each part is removed from the work station, by means not shown, in time for the next part in the track to replace it. If desired, parts may be retained in the track above the track channel until the work station is free. Also, heavy parts or low-air pressure may make a baffle desirable behind the channel, so that A may also be directed behind the part and above axis C.

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