Cost-Effective Material Handling Tool
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-20
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Disclosed is a design for a cost-effective material handling tool.
Cost-Effective Material Handling ToolDisclosed is a design for a cost-effective material handling tool.
Currently, to assemble the thermal interface material (TIM) to the module either on the original
assembly line or as an upgrade process in an installed system, the assembler must use a pair of non-
conductive "tweezers". This tool is bought from an external supplier at a cost of US $37.60 each. In field
upgrade situations, the customer engineer may dispose of this tool after usage, since the tool will be
required in every field upgrade module kit and in field service module replacement kits. The estimated
cost for this new tool design is between $2.50 and $3.00. The disclosed design works the same way as
the original, without having to be modified (removing the two protrusions from the blade surface), at a
greatly reduced cost.
The disclosed tool is used to pick up a laminar piece of carbon thermal interface material. The material
is subsequently installed on top of a large grid array module in a computer subsystem. The material
ensures an efficient thermal contact area between the module and the heatsink, which is attached to
the top of the TIM. This tool consists of two identical plastic parts, snapped together without the use of
adhesives, threaded fasteners, tooling, fixturing, or any other secondary manufacturing processes. The
parts, when assembled, are staggered front to back, in relationship to each other. This allows the
bottom blade to be slid under the TIM and...