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Automatic Card Assembly Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000080825D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bodo, N: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

Fig. 1 shows a typical circuit module 2 having a set of pins 3 that make electrical contact between the module and other components, when the module is mounted on a circuit card. Modules of a particular type are conveniently stored in a plastic tube 4. Fig. 1 shows an escapement mechanism for dropping one module at a time from the tube. Pairs of pins 5 and 6 are linked to move oppositely so that, in the position shown in Fig. 1, the lowermost module 2 is held in the escapement mechanism, and in the opposite position the lowermost module is dropped, but the next module 2 is held by pins 6. This linkage is operated by an air cylinder that is not shown in the drawing.

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Automatic Card Assembly Machine

Fig. 1 shows a typical circuit module 2 having a set of pins 3 that make electrical contact between the module and other components, when the module is mounted on a circuit card. Modules of a particular type are conveniently stored in a plastic tube 4. Fig. 1 shows an escapement mechanism for dropping one module at a time from the tube. Pairs of pins 5 and 6 are linked to move oppositely so that, in the position shown in Fig. 1, the lowermost module 2 is held in the escapement mechanism, and in the opposite position the lowermost module is dropped, but the next module 2 is held by pins 6.

This linkage is operated by an air cylinder that is not shown in the drawing.

Fig. 2 shows apparatus for directing a module 2 from anyone of several escapement mechanism stations 8 to one of several card loading stations 9. A track 10 connects escapement station 8 to loading station 9, and a track section 11 corrects station 9 to another escapement mechanism station, not shown. Track sections 12 and 13, which lead to other card loading stations, connect to other components of the track at a switchable track section 14 that is operable by apparatus 15, to select the card loading station to which a module 2 is to be directed.

An air supply drives the module 2 along the track at high speeds. Additional air may be directed on the track at suitable points such as the track corners. At the end of the track, a pair of rollers 16, 17 grip the module and s...