Back Panel Connector Assembly Using a Robot
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
A means is set forth for automating the manual assembly of frame and connectors used as a back panel. This assembly is currently performed by three operators. An analysis of the assembly revealed that it would be possible to perform this assembly with the IBM 7535 Robot. As shown, the assembly consists of an "E" frame 21 into which is placed twelve individual connectors 22. The connectors are affixed to the frame by two self-tapping screws 23, attaching each end of the connector into the "E" frame. The "E" frame 21 is positioned in the assembly fixture by placing it over two locating pins which enter the E-frame locating holes 24. The application, as shown in Fig. 2A, consists of an IBM 7535 Robot 1 mounted upon a standard machine base 2. The frame and connector fixture 3 are mounted in a pivot motion device 4.