Build Board System for Automated Harness Cable Assembly
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This invention describes a flexible programmable build board with the associated hardware suitable for automated harness cable assembly. An automated cable assembly system essentially consists of a robot and a "universal", programmable build board 1. Wire path information in an automated system resides in the robot controller or the cable manufacturing cell processor. The robot is used to set up the cable path wire guide for a specific cable (Fig. 1). In addition, the build board must accommodate all fixtures and hardware required to build a harness cable. The build board 1 consists of several elements: a planar board with a grid of holes, wire guides, wire holders, and fixtures for connectors. A typical build board may be 1500 x 3500 mm, providing a multiplicity of holes in a fixed pattern.