Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-26
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.