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Parts Feeding Logistic System to Manufacturing Workcell

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107775D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Malek, SS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In this concept we propose a means to utilize the existing manufacturing assembly line material handling system on which product is built to deliver parts to the individual assembly stations. The concept utilizes a common carrier used for both parts delivery and product assembly.

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Parts Feeding Logistic System to Manufacturing Workcell

       In this concept we propose a means to utilize the
existing manufacturing assembly line material handling system on
which product is built to deliver parts to the individual assembly
stations.  The concept utilizes a common carrier used for both parts
delivery and product assembly.

      Fig. 1 shows a carrier for feeding parts to an assembly line or
the individual stations of that line.  The carrier is the same as is
used to move the product through the assembly process, the difference
being the top plate.  When a product is used, the top plate holds
product fixturing, and when parts are delivered, the top plate could
look like that given in Fig. 1.  The parts are loaded into bins at a
central kitting area.  The bins are then placed on a top plate which
fits on to a standard product carrier.  The carrier is sent down the
same assembly line as is used to carry the product through the as
sembly process.  A pick and place device or robot installed at each
assembly station removes the bins for workcell use and then places
the empty bins onto the top plate.  Since the carrier is standard,
the top plate could be used on any carrier.

      Fig. 2 shows the common carrier, top plate and bin concept.