Auto Bar-Code Label Applicator
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate an Automatic Bar-Code Label Applicator. Its function is to identify rejected circuit panels after a negative electronic test. This is done by applying a bar-code label, at a very high speed, without stopping the panel. When a rejected panel 1 is detected by the tester, a signal is sent to the label applicator. This command prepares the label applicator to apply a label. This label is necessary because all panels, good or bad, will move under the applicator. Once the applicator is ready, a proximity sensor activates a cylinder pivoting down the applicator head 11. This action applies pressure via a guide spring 11A between the adhesive-backed label an panel 1, which causes the label 2 to stick onto the panel 1, as it moves by the applicator head.