Programmable Manual Cable Assembly Board
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
The assembly board described here provides for an easily reconfigurable board with the necessary fixtures compatible with the manual assembly of discrete leads into a harness cable. The reconfigurable or programmable board assembly is designed to be a part of a computer- controlled process. On the basis of the cable design geometry, the computer will calculate the required board location of all fixtures needed to assemble that cable. Then this board set-up and related assembly instructions will be conveyed to the assembly operator for implementation. The programmable manual cable assembly board 1 basically consists of a planar surface with a multiplicity of holes 2 in a fixed grid pattern. The assembly fixtures plug into the proper holes for a given cable.