Automated Assembly and Handling System
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
A system for assembling an article comprises a row of workstations and test stations at which a subassembly is processed. Alongside this row of processing stations is a random-access storage unit, comprising racking, in which subassemblies may be stored. Transfer mechanisms are provided at each processing station for transferring subassemblies between the racking and the stations. A programmable handling mechanism is movable between storage locations and transfer mechanisms to transport subassemblies between them. A controller causes the handling mechanism to progress each subassembly through the work and test stations and to store subassemblies in and retrieve them from the storage locations, as necessary, between operations.