Simultaneously Feed and Register PC Boards of Variable Sizes for Automated Board Testing
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
The arrangement consists of automatically registering while feeding different length printed circuit PC boards from one direction to another without changing hard tooling. Damage to the printed circuits on the boards is avoided because multi-directional rollers are utilized. In an automated PC board manufacturing environment, material handling is very important. In this article methods are set forth to automatically feed boards of different sizes from a commercial loading magazine to the board testing station which are perpendicular to each other. As seen in the drawing, batches of PC boards 10 of different lengths are manually loaded at Station A which is a commercial board-loading magazine. After a board is fed to position 1, cylinder 12, which is attached to the platform, is extended to swing the attached arm 13 around.