Automatic Flatpack Mounter
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
The flatpack-mounting machine automatically transports a variety of flatpacks from inventory storage to a hot blade soldering station where flatpacks are automatically placed on a printed wiring board (PWB) and then soldered. Flatpacks 1 (Fig. 1) are placed into carriers 2 for protection of leads 3 and stacked in modules or magazines 4 (Fig. 2) in an inventory supply system. A robotic arm (not shown) of an IBM 7510 RS1 robot picks up a flatpack 1 from magazine 4 and transports it to a transfer station 5. After the robotic arm recedes, a component sweep arm 6 moves the flatpack 1 from the transfer station 5 to a pickup station 7 of a flatpack placement and reflow station (FPRS) 8. A video camera (not shown) inspects the positional location of the flatpack leads to ensure proper alignment prior to mounting.