Dual-Head Module Inserter
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
This module inserter is used as "end-of-arm tooling" for a robotic arm. The purpose is to detect defective module pins by the use of an infrared sensor, and to transport tested and untested modules by the use of vacuum. Two plungers C were used to increase the efficiency of the inserter. Fig. 1 shows the overall view of the inserter with modules D, E in place. When the robot arm moves in the downward direction to insert an untested module D, the plunger F will move in an upward direction if the module pins are not aligned correctly. This plunger F movement will be detected by an infrared sensor A that is mounted in the inserter body G. The infrared sensor monitors an alignment hole H in Fig. 2 that is precisely drilled through the inserter body G and the two plungers C and F.