Component Lead Straightener
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
This device mechanically straightens kinked or out-of-line leads on reclaimed electronic components to the close tolerances needed for automatic component insertion. This is accomplished by using two mirror image sections with wide V-notch guides and radiused lead-straightening channels. The apparatus consists of a fixed lower section 1 and a mirror image upper section 3 free to move vertically but guided in precise relation to the lower section. Each section contains a plurality of V-notch channels 5, the center lines of which correspond to the center to center distances of the component leads 6 to be straightened. These sections also contain guide blocks 7 which interleave with the V-notches and support sections of the component leads during the final phase of the straightening operation.