Octagonal Drum Feeder
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
A drum feeder is described, employed in the assembly of pairs of parts by an IBM RS1 robot, which is used to store both unassembled and assembled parts. The feeder is preloaded on each face with pairs of parts to be assembled. These are retained against gravity by being mounted on tulip or detent pins. A pair of parts is removed from the feeder face by a robot, screwed together at a workstation, and then replaced on tulip pins. In this way the unassembled parts on a face of the feeder are progressively replaced by assembled ones. When the parts on one face have been assembled, the drum is indexed by the robot to present the next face. When all parts on the drum have been assembled, it may be removed manually from outside the work area and replaced. Fig.