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Keyboard Part Formatting Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048235D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Murray, FL Phillips, B [+details]

Abstract

In the assembly of multiple-key keyboards, it is often required to provide a unique array of key-button assemblies. This is typically done by an XY pickup and placement device or by manual placement of parts in an appropriate layout. Supplies of small parts, such as keybuttons or key switch housings, are typically provided in bulk. Normally existing laboratory feeders which orient the parts into similar orientation are well known in the industry. The present disclosure utilizes the output of such feeding devices (not shown) and employs a movable carrier to receive the fed parts and arrange them in the proper array to suit a given format.