Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
This article concerns an indicator which may be used in combination with a holder, itself used to retain an article during automative processing, e.g., a multilayer ceramic (MLC), during automated electroplating. The indicator features both mechanical and magnetic means for conveying information. Indicators are placed or not placed on the holder in a sequence to produce a series of ones (indicators present) or zeros (indicators absent) which constitutes a binary word or words containing the information to be conveyed. In processes such as automated electroplating where, for example, MLC may be batch processed, associated automatic routing electronics requires identification of the product in order to assure proper physical control of the product in the course of the process.