Escapement Mechanism Using Rotary Actuators
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
This article describes an arrangement in which four escapement mechanisms are attached to four feed conveyors, respectively, and allow selection of any combination of part feeding. The sequence is programmable, allowing flexibility to line operation. (Image Omitted) The escapement mechanism is used to accept a continuous flow of "parts" and escape one part on command while holding the remaining parts behind, free of the escaping part. There are four independent escapements, each with a similar but different part to be escaped. The escapements are controlled with a programmable controller that accepts an input signal that tells the system what part it needs and the controller sends a signal to the proper escapement. Figs. 1, 2 and 3 are top, front and side views, respectively, of the escapement mechanism. Fig.