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Article Handling System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086616D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mango, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

This escapement system is useful in assembling cartridges of the type disclosed in U. S. Patent 3,825,208. It provides for the automatic orientation and loading of spool portions 2 of the cartridge into a cartridge shell 14. Spools 2, having an inverted perpendicular orientation, are fed to this system along tracks 3 by vibratory action. Each spool contacts a pair of slides 4, which cause the spool to be oriented horizontally within column 6. At the bottom of column 6 each spool is seated, in its turn, in reciprocally movable nesting slide 8. Each spool 2 includes a ferromagnetic disk portion 10 in one flange end. After each spool is seated within nesting slide 8, slide 8 is moved into alignment with holding magnet 12.

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Article Handling System

This escapement system is useful in assembling cartridges of the type disclosed in U. S. Patent 3,825,208. It provides for the automatic orientation and loading of spool portions 2 of the cartridge into a cartridge shell 14. Spools 2, having an inverted perpendicular orientation, are fed to this system along tracks 3 by vibratory action. Each spool contacts a pair of slides 4, which cause the spool to be oriented horizontally within column 6. At the bottom of column 6 each spool is seated, in its turn, in reciprocally movable nesting slide 8. Each spool 2 includes a ferromagnetic disk portion 10 in one flange end. After each spool is seated within nesting slide 8, slide 8 is moved into alignment with holding magnet
12. During this operation the body of nesting slide 8 blocks further downward movement of other spools in column 6.

As each spool is brought into juxtaposition with holding magnet 12, holding magnet 12 is energized to pull spool 2 clear of slide 8 and to itself. Slide 8 returns to the position indicated within column 6 to receive another spool. Magnet 12, with spool 2 magnetically attached, then moves into shell 14 which has been fed to this location by other means (not shown). This last motion causes fingers 16 of spool 2 to lock into the shell 14. Subsequently, holding magnet 12 is retracted and de-energized, allowing the cartridge assembly of spool 2 and shell 14 to release from magnet 12 and to move to another operation (not...