Sliders/Suspensions Automatic Alignment and Bonding of the Strip Form
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
An assembly tool is described which properly aligns magnetic head suspensions in strip form and the magnetic head sliders so that the sliders can be bonded to the suspensions within the required close tolerances. The magnetic head suspensions comprise a sheet metal part formed so that a plurality of suspensions 1 are contained in a continuous strip 2. The plurality of suspensions 1 are bonded to the slider 3 and then separated into individual finished magnetic head suspensions. The suspensions include a first tooling hole 4 and a second tooling hole 5 which serve to properly align the suspensions during the assembly operation. The assembly tool comprises a plurality of assembly stations 6 equal to the number of suspensions 1 in a single continuous strip.