Pneumatic Tool for Multiple, Simultaneous Parts Indexing and Feeding of Surfaced-Mounted Components Into a Large Pick-Up Head
Original Publication Date: 1988-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
The tool shown in the figure proves a competitive approach for picking and placing of surface-mounted components (SMCs) without the use of high-speed placement equipment by making use of multiple component index and feed features. Surface-mount components are placed onto circuit boards with high- speed component placement equipment placing single components onto pre-screened or pre-glued boards. The placement equipment is complex and requires considerable set-up and maintenance effort. High board population speeds can be achieved by multiple picking and placing of components with less complex tools. The tool, as shown in the figure, is a pneumatically-operated component index and feeding device which supplies multiple components simultaneously to a large vacuum pick-up head which uses standard pick-up techniques.