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Dedicated Carrier Load/Unload Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122174D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 470K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bolde, LR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which simplifies the loading and unloading of metal substrates to and from carriers which are used to support the substrates. Each carrier consists of a square frame with a uniquely shaped spring attached to each corner. This mechanism clamps the carrier frame in place and compresses each spring to a position which coincides with tooling holes located in each corner of the substrate. The substrates are then easily placed, manually or by mechanical means, over the spring hooks.

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Dedicated Carrier Load/Unload Station

      Disclosed is a system which simplifies the loading and
unloading of metal substrates to and from carriers which are used to
support the substrates.  Each carrier consists of a square frame with
a uniquely shaped spring attached to each corner.  This mechanism
clamps the carrier frame in place and compresses each spring to a
position which coincides with tooling holes located in each corner of
the substrate. The substrates are then easily placed, manually or by
mechanical means, over the spring hooks.

      The Load/Unload Station with carrier and substrate in position
is shown in Fig. 1.  Additional tooling used to support the empty and
loaded carriers is also shown.  Figs. 2 and 3 show a close-up view of
one of the spring compress mechanisms located in four corners on the
Load/Unload Station.

      Referring to Fig. 1, the carrier 2, either with or without
substrate 3, is placed on the station base 1 and held in approximate
position by locating blocks 4.

      Referring to Fig. 2, the carrier frame is then clamped in place
8.  The spring compressor 14 positions the spring hook 5 to the
center of a mounting hole in the corner of the substrate 3.  This
action normally occurs on all four corners of the carrier frame
simultaneously, thereby positioning the spring hooks 5 coincident
with the hole pattern of the substrate 3.

      The substrate 3 is then easily placed over the spring hooks 5.
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