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Title: Feed mechanism and method for feeding minute items

Abstract

A feeding mechanism and method for feeding minute items, such as capacitors, resistors, or solder preforms. The mechanism is adapted to receive a plurality of the randomly-positioned and randomly-oriented extremely small or minute items, and to isolate, orient, and position one or more of the items in a specific repeatable pickup location wherefrom they may be removed for use by, for example, a computer-controlled automated assembly machine. The mechanism comprises a sliding shelf adapted to receive and support the items; a wiper arm adapted to achieve a single even layer of the items; and a pushing arm adapted to push the items into the pickup location. The mechanism can be adapted for providing the items with a more exact orientation, and can also be adapted for use in a liquid environment.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Bucyrus, KS
  2. Lee's Summit, MO
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC (Kansas City, MO)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1001783
Patent Number(s):
7,604,451
Application Number:
10/385,122
Assignee:
Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC (Kansas City, MO) KCAO
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-01AL66850
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Stringer, Timothy Kent, and Yerganian, Simon Scott. Feed mechanism and method for feeding minute items. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Stringer, Timothy Kent, & Yerganian, Simon Scott. Feed mechanism and method for feeding minute items. United States.
Stringer, Timothy Kent, and Yerganian, Simon Scott. Tue . "Feed mechanism and method for feeding minute items". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1001783.
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title = {Feed mechanism and method for feeding minute items},
author = {Stringer, Timothy Kent and Yerganian, Simon Scott},
abstractNote = {A feeding mechanism and method for feeding minute items, such as capacitors, resistors, or solder preforms. The mechanism is adapted to receive a plurality of the randomly-positioned and randomly-oriented extremely small or minute items, and to isolate, orient, and position one or more of the items in a specific repeatable pickup location wherefrom they may be removed for use by, for example, a computer-controlled automated assembly machine. The mechanism comprises a sliding shelf adapted to receive and support the items; a wiper arm adapted to achieve a single even layer of the items; and a pushing arm adapted to push the items into the pickup location. The mechanism can be adapted for providing the items with a more exact orientation, and can also be adapted for use in a liquid environment.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {10}
}

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