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Title: Method and system rapid piece handling

The advent of high-speed fabric cutters has made necessary the development of automated techniques for the collection and sorting of garment pieces into collated piles of pieces ready for assembly. The present invention enables a new method for such handling and sorting of garment parts, and to apparatus capable of carrying out this new method. The common thread is the application of computer-controlled shuttling bins, capable of picking up a desired piece of fabric and dropping it in collated order for assembly. Such apparatus with appropriate computer control relieves the bottleneck now presented by the sorting and collation procedure, thus greatly increasing the overall rate at which garments can be assembled.
Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (9504 Arvilla, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870637
Assignee:
Spletzer, Barry L. (9504 Arvilla, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111) SNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5564553
Contract Number:
AC04-76
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; rapid; piece; handling; advent; high-speed; fabric; cutters; automated; techniques; collection; sorting; garment; pieces; collated; piles; assembly; enables; apparatus; capable; carrying; common; thread; application; computer-controlled; shuttling; bins; picking; desired; dropping; appropriate; computer; control; relieves; bottleneck; collation; procedure; greatly; increasing; overall; rate; garments; assembled; computer control; apparatus capable; /198/

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