Automated Feed and Connection of Belts
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
This article shows and describes a device for separating drive belts, staging them for pick up by robotic manipulator, and installing them. In Fig. 1, a plurality of belts 1 are shown draped over the lead screw 2. As the lead screw rotates counterclockwise, the belts are urged by the threads in the lead screw toward stripper block 3. Block 3 includes staged steps to sequentially separate the belts down to one which can pass in the lead screw thread past the stripper block. Block 3 is further spring loaded down and pivotable about an axis transverse that of lead screw rotation. In the event of a double feed or jam stripper block 3 pivots counterclockwise and makes contact switch 4. Making switch 4 signals the drive means (not shown) to reverse rotation of the lead screw. This action backs up belts until the jam is cleared.