Packaging for Use in Automated Assembling
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Described are several features used in the packaging of parts that are to be extracted by automated assembly systems. The specific problems addressed are shock absorption, tabs for automated removal of interleaved tray separators and accurate location, and symmetrical arrangement. The parts described are packed in cartons using one or more layers of thermoformed trays. Parts packed in cartons are subject to occasional rough handling. The design features of the thermoformed trays are directed to providing protection for the parts against damage from dropping, and so on. Each tray is designed with a shock-absorbing feature for part protection when dropped from heights up to 30 inches. Several shock-absorbing configurations can be used, each being designed so that it may collapse if dropped by absorbing some of the impact shock.