Automated Keyboard Reclamation Process
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Keyboards consisting of multiple switches assembled to an electronic circuit card or base plate are tested upon completion of the assembly operation. Defects or electrical faults are uncovered at this time, and, traditionally, such keyboards have been disassembled with the good parts returned to inventory. A rework machine and process are disclosed which enable controlled partial disassembly of the entire keyboard to occur without removing the multiple components. This permits electrically faulty or defective elements to be replaced individually without disrupting the entire assembly and returning parts to inventory. A great advantage in savings of invested time and productivity effort as well as reduced time in rework are the result of this process. Fig.