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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007112D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-26

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Jeff Beak


During normal product assembly operations each piece part used in the unit needs to be individually introduced to the operator or machine fabricating the assembly. In unit assembly operations,,most com- ponents are product specific and therefore unique to the industry. This results in non-standard compo- nent packaging and unique handling requirements which require unique feeders and/or customized trays be fabricated for introduction of the part into the station. This results in added design costs, mainte- nance costs and additional complexity in the assem- bly station. In addition, these types of feeding sce- narios also increase the amount of stocked material on the line and cause excessive overpack materials to be located in the immediate production area.