Flexband Trays for Automatic Storing, Transporting and Dispensing
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
A technique is described whereby a flexband tray is used for storing, transporting, dispensing and the prevention of damage to parts during automatic assembly operations. The flexband tray measures 1" high x 16" wide x 40" long, although the concept could be any dimension adaptable to a stacking system. The tray consists of eighteen pockets 10, as shown in the figure, which are used to hold eighteen flexband assemblies. Each tray is equipped with thirteen lugs 11, with six on one side and seven on the other. The lugs are used for spacing and locating the trays during stacking operations. The lugs are so spaced that the trays can be error proofed during the stacking operation, since the orientation of all trays are in one direction only. Section A-A shows how the lugs are used for the stack positioning.