ISMECCA FEEDER IMPROVEMENT VIA POCKET SENSING INDEXING METHOD
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-13
This paper discusses an improved method of indexing Ismecca tape reel feeders. The new method utilizes a sensor mounted beneath the feeder tape such that it can accurately detect the presence of a component pocket. The design reuses all of the orig- inal Ismecca indexing circuitry and requires only an additional $120 in sensors to rework each feeder. The new feeder is currently being used in the Jedi factory with outstanding improvements in reliabil- ity and reduction ofrequired operator assists.