PARTS FEEDING RUNNER SYSTEM
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-05
Small plastic parts are often molded in an array as a part of a runner system. These parts are then separated from the runner system by the mold operator. The parts are then put into a bag and sent to the assembly line. At the assembly line, the bag of parts will then be placed into a bowl feeder which orients the part and presents it to the manual or robotic assembly worker. The process taking an organized set of parts and disorganizing them just to reorganize them again later is inefficient.