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Automatic Load/ Unload Mechanism for Suspension Arm Carrier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121485D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gorman, RE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a mechanism to automatically load and unload delicate suspension arm carriers to and from a holding magazine. The mechanism eliminates manual operational functions of loading and unloading the carriers through the use of positive cam operations.

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Automatic Load/ Unload Mechanism for Suspension Arm Carrier

      Described is a mechanism to automatically load and unload
delicate suspension arm carriers to and from a holding magazine.  The
mechanism eliminates manual operational functions of loading and
unloading the carriers through the use of positive cam operations.

      Fig. 1 shows the front view of the mechanism, Fig. 2 shows the
top view, and Fig. 3 shows the side view.  The mechanism consists of
escapement slide assembly 10, operating latch and slide assembly 11,
air cylinder 12, cam/slide assembly 13, extension spring 14 used to
retract lifting bar 15, friction ball bearing slide 16, lift fingers
17 and escapement slide arm 18.

      After the carrier (not shown) is loaded into position 1 of
escapement slide assembly 10, the load cycle is started by means of
an external sensor (not shown).  Air cylinder 12 will extend moving
escapement slide assembly 10 forward, making contact with cam/slide
assembly 13.  During this operation, latch and slide assembly 11 and
cam/slide assembly 13 continue to move forward, pushing the carrier
and at the same time actuating lifting bar 15.  Lifting bar 15,
through cam action, moves lift fingers 17 upward, lifting the carrier
high enough to place another carrier underneath.  At the end of the
forward stroke, the cam roller on the end of lifting bar 15 will
descend into notch 2 of cam/slide 13. The carrier is now loaded and
is held in place by the magazine (n...