Automatic Loader for Integrated Circuit Module Storage Tubes
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
An automatic loading machine is disclosed to load shipping tubes with semiconductor modules. Fig. 1 is a side view of the tube loader, wherein semiconductor modules are advanced along the path 1 to the loader 2. A plurality of storage tubes 3, shown in end view in Fig. 2, are sequentially mounted on a rotating drum 4. A side view of the rotating drum 4 is shown in Fig. 3, which also shows the relative position of one of the storage tubes 3. As seen in Fig. 2, there are four operating stations through which a storage tube 3 is moved by the rotating drum 4. Station A is where storage tubes are sequentially loaded onto the drum 4, station B is the station where modules are loaded into the tube 3, station C is where the end of the tube 3 is capped, and station D is where the filled and capped tube is removed from the drum 4. Fig.