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Orienting And Transporting Non-rigid Components

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000096923D
Original Publication Date: 1962-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Besha, FA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This apparatus orients deformable components, such as wires, so that they are substantially parallel and spaced a preselected distance apart. During orientation, the apparatus also transports the components along a defined path.

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Orienting And Transporting Non-rigid Components

This apparatus orients deformable components, such as wires, so that they are substantially parallel and spaced a preselected distance apart. During orientation, the apparatus also transports the components along a defined path.

Relay 1 is in nest 2 and has coil wires 3, 4 and 3', 4' that project laterally from opposite sides. Conveyor belt 5 advances the nest toward two link belts 6 which straddle belt 5. Belts 5 and 6 travel at the same speed.

Each belt 6 comprises closely spaced rollers 7, extending between and pin- connected to two link chains 8 which form the outer edges of such belt. Motor M operates a pair of cranks 9. Each serves to rapidly reciprocate respective shuttles 10 just above the upper runs of belts 6. These shuttles force the wires 4, 4', and then 3, 3', down into spaces S between adjacent rollers 7 as relay 1 advances between belts 6.

Thus, shuttles 10 cooperate with rollers 7 to provide a space between the forward and trailing wires 4, 3 and 4', 3', which is equal to the distance between the axes of adjacent rollers. As relay 1 approaches work station W, overlying guide plate 11 maintains this orientation and spacing between wires. Thus, either clips (not shown) can be fixed to the ends of the wires or some other precision work operation can be performed at W.

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