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A self aligning flexible track system allows for misplaced or misaligned carriers for various product. The track system works as described in the following operating sequence.
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Self Aligning Track
A self aligning flexible track system allows for misplaced or misaligned
carriers for various product. The track system works as described in the following
A loader (not shown) indexes a track carrier 1 to an approximate position. A
pneumatic cylinder 2 is used to actuate a vertical align blade 3 which contacts
the bottom of the receiving track 4 to establish vertical alignment. Next, a second
cylinder 5 actuates a slide 6 which carries a horizontal align blade 7. This slide 6
also carries cylinder 2 and the vertical align blade 3 so that their position follows
the horizontal align blade 7 and maintains vertical alignment. The horizontal
blade 7 enters the receiving track 4 at a level that allows free passage of
substrates beneath blade 7. This horizontal blade 7 wedges into the track 4 and
holds position so that the vertical align blade 3 can be retracted and the receiving
track 4 filled.
The horizontal align blade 7 is then retracted, and the loader is indexed to the
next track for a repeat of the sequence.