Forced Air Screw Feed
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
There is shown and described a screw feeder for providing correctly placed screws to a computer-controlled robotic manipulator. Refer now to the figure for a description of the feeder apparatus 2, which includes a shuttle block 4 adapted to receive two screws. Feeder apparatus 2 is at least as high as the screws being fed are long. Shuttle block 4 is operatively connected through opening 16 to a digital output controlled device (not shown) which may be an air cylinder or solenoid. Feeder apparatus 2 is connected to input tube 10. Screws enter tube 10 from a vibratory feeder (not shown). Once a screw 8 is received as shown in shuttle block 4, the mover device urges block 4 toward, in this case, output tube 12. Air enters through opening 16 passing through feeder 2 to force the screw into tube 12.