Staging Fixture for Ink Ribbon Flexband
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
A technique is described whereby a fixture provides the automated assembly of ink ribbon flexbands to ribbon housings in a ribbon assembly manufacturing line. The staging fixture is designed to accept a flexband from a delivery tray by means of a robotic actuator. It is designed to function in one of ten operational stations in an ink ribbon assembly machine. (Image Omitted) The staging fixture consists of main supporting base 1, as shown in Fig. 1, support blocks 2 which provide support to the main fixture, fixture plate 3 for supporting all locating sensing and actuating flexband mechanisms, right hand flexband spreader 4, left hand spreader 5, sensors 6 to verify flexband removal, locator 7 for flat locating clamp 8, as shown in Fig. 3, and air cylinders 9, as shown in Fig. 2, for operating the spreaders.