Flexible Wire/Ribbon Feeder for Circuit Line Repair Station
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A unit for feeding flexible wire or ribbon is shown in the figure. The feeder unit attaches to any fixed point on any type of weld machine, using a suitable mounting bracket. The major components of the unit are platform 10, guide block 11, clamp 12, and spool holder 13. Platform 10 can be adjusted with respect to the fixed point on the machine to align it with the welding electrodes. Once adjusted for a specific product type, it is locked into position such that it is essentially "fixed" during normal equipment operation. Guide block 11 rests on the platform and traverses toward and away from the electrodes for feeding the repair material. It has crossing channels 14 and 15 cut in it; 14 for guiding the repair material and 15 for locating the clamp housing at the feeding tip.