Robotic Assembly of Power Cards
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
A described assembling system 2 automatically inserts irregularly shaped components into power cards. A raw power card 1 that is to be populated with components is placed in either the left or right side of a card workstation 6. Switches that are mounted on card rails 7 signal the robot 4 that the card is in position to be populated. A robot gripper 5 picks up a tool 3 and locates the edge of the card and places the card in the correct position. Tooling pins 10 move upward to lock card 1 in the proper orientation. The gripper 5 returns the tool 3 to its holding place. (Image Omitted) The automatic component insertion works in the following sequence. Variously shaped components, i.e., heatsink assembly, transformers, inductors, connectors and large capacitors are picked up by the robot gripper 5 from gravity feeders 8.