Feeder for Components With Axial Leads
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Components having axial leads can be automatically fed, sorted and oriented by a vibratory feeder, segmented chute and zig-zag chute in series. Referring to Fig. 1, components 1 are placed in bulk in arcuate hopper 2 supported on arm 3 and agitated by unidirectional vibrator 4. Components feed out of the hopper into segmented chute 5 and slide downward into zig-zag chute 6. Those components having bent leads are culled by openings 7 of the segmented chute. Upon entering chute 6, baffles 8 (Fig. 2) decelerate and re-orient the components, placing them in a queue in the zig-zag slot 9 between plates 10 and 11. Thereafter, the movement of toothed carrier 12, via drive cylinder 13 beneath chute 6, picks a single component in each pair of teeth 14. The carrier can then proceed to a station where the components are used.