Mechanical Bent Pin Sensor
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
The mechanical bent pin sensor gives a method of intelligence or interpretation to the robot, allowing it to detect or sense bent pins of a component prior to assembly onto a circuit card. When using a robot to do component insertion of components having a number of pins to be plugged into a circuit board or the like, the components can be brought to a staging or straightening block 10 that has tapered holes 12 of the same pitch or grid and nearly the same diameter as the component leads or pins 14. The tapering will provide a tolerance; that is, the pin 14, indexed with the tapered hole 12, can be slightly bent and the taper will tend to lead the pin to the hole where the pin will be straightened. The component or module to be plugged into the circuit board is transported by the robot (not shown).