Gripping/Flattening Device for Populated Circuit Boards
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
When a machine is used to plug a circuit board edgewise into a mating connector, the board is mechanically gripped by its edges to avoid damage to components on the board. Since many boards are warped, aligning the connecting edge to the connector is not assured. The gripping/flattening device shown above corrects the warp in the circuit board without damaging components and thus facilitates handling and plugging of circuit boards into connectors. The device consists of a two-appendage gripper as shown in the figure. The right-hand appendage R has a pneumatic diaphragm 1 mounted against and sealed to a right-hand support plate 2.