Semi-Automatic Card Assembly Tool With Clinch Attachment
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
In a semi-automatic card assembly tool, a card, onto which discrete components are to be mounted, is located in a frame 1 carried by the main working surface of the tool. An optical projection device 2 is mounted on the tool to overlie the frame without obstructing the operator's access to the frame and, under programmed processor control, indicates visually on the surface of the card in the frame exactly where the next discrete component is to be inserted by hand. The component's pins extend through the card, from the upper surface thereof, and are cliched by having their ends, which extend through the card bent by the clinch attachment while the operator's hand retains it in position, so that, when the card is subsequently removed for flow soldering, for example, the components do not become wholly or partially dislodged.