RANDOM-ACCESS TRAY FEEDER
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-26
In a fully automated factory, where flexible technol- ogy such as Robotics, Vision, CIM etc. have made it possible to manufacture various product mixes and an incredibly large variety of batch sizes with a minimum changeover time, discrete component presentation can be the gaiting element in achieving ultimate flexibility, Providing our customers with the product features that they desire is a matter of developing the capability to feed on-demand a large variety of components. The var- iation in features such as color, size and value of com- ponents may be as frequent as every other product being assembled. The mean time between component presen- tation may be as small as 7.5 - 10 seconds. Conventional feeder technology has been very limiting in this area and in many cases the price/performance ratio is undesirable. The Random-Access Tray Feeder is one device that has come to the aid of automation technolo- gists to enable them to utilize the full capability of our automated lines.