Ibm/Milton Ross Carrier Aligner/Spreader for Flatpacks
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
A mechanical device aligns an IBM/Milton Ross flatpack carrier and spreads its part-retaining grippers in order to load a flatpack into the carrier for subsequent surface mounting onto a printed circuit card. The aligner/spreader assembly 2 is seen in the drawing in an exploded view and consists of an outer member 3, an inner member 4, a punch 5, a spring 6 and a tapered screw 7. The inner member 4, which is mated to outer member 3 of assembly 2 by a slip fit is securely fastened to punch 5 by a tapered screw 7 when assembled. The inner member 4 is keyed to punch 5 by milled slots 8 in inner member which inserts between posts 9 of mating punch 5 to maintain correct alignment of the angled surfaces 10 of inner member 4 to spread part-retaining grippers 11 of carrier 1.