Apparatus for Precise Separation of Printed Wiring Boards From a Panel
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Printed wiring boards are separated from each other and a panel by an apparatus operating in a specific sequence. The apparatus is capable of precisely cutting different sized printed wiring boards but all of the printed wiring boards of a panel are the same size. An apparatus 1 (Fig. 1) for cutting a plurality (two shown) of printed wiring boards 2 (Fig. 2) from a panel 3 includes a tooling plate 4 (Fig. 1) having a plurality of air-activated location pins 5 (one shown) mounted thereon at various locations in accordance with the necessity for cutting the printed wiring boards 2 (Fig. 2) precisely. The apparatus 1 (Fig. 1) includes a stationary knife 6 and a movable knife 7. Each cooperating pair of the location pins 5 is located at a precise distance X from the movable knife 7 with this distance being different for each cut.