Printed Circuit Card Retention Jig for Robotic Assembly
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
When a printed circuit card is assembled by robotic insertion of parts, a jig is required with consistent card insertion and removal. The jig described uses spring-loaded ball catches which retain the card in a fixed position without any adjustment or manipulation to provide consistent robotic assembly. The clamp for the ball catches may be assembled in positions, as required, to suit different sizes of printed circuit card. An existing method of card retention is by mechanical slide catches which have to be pushed horizontally back and forward to lock and unlock the card in position. An alternative method uses mechanical clamps which have to be levered back and forward in use. This disclosure provides a simplified method of retention using spring-loaded ball cables.