Alignment/Support Block and Gripper Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1988-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
In an automated assembly workstation an Alignment/Support Block and Gripper Mechanism holds a number of loosely assembled parts together permitting them to be collectively transferred to the work position. Fig. 1 shows a printhead subassembly consisting of Stator Plate 1, carrying Stators 2, assembled with PC Card 3. Print Magnet Coils 4 are slipped over Stators 2 so that Leads 5 extend through Lands 6 in PC Card 3. The present embodiment is specifically designed to hold the loose Coils in place on the Stators as the subassembly is inverted and transferred to the work position for subsequent soldering of Leads 5 to Lands 6. Fig. 2 shows that Printhead Subassembly 7 is brought to the workstation lying flat so Coils 4 are held in place by gravity.