Feeder and method of supplying a continuous strip of surface mount contacts to surface mounting equipment

  • US 5,605,430 A
  • Filed: 02/28/1995
  • Issued: 02/25/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/15/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Feeder for individually dispensing surface-mount contacts from a strip of tab-connected contacts on a pick-and-place machine having a pick-up member at a pick-up station and an actuator for actuating the feeder when the pick-and-place machine is ready to pick up a surface-mount contact oriented along a predetermined direction at the pick-up station, the feeder comprising receiving means for receiving a leading end of the tab-connected strip of surface-mounted contacts;

  • transporting means for transporting at least the leading surface-mount contact with an orientation along said predetermined direction to said pick-up station;

    advancing means responsive to the actuator for advancing the strip of contacts one contact at a time along said transporting means;

    cutting means responsive to the actuator for severing a connecting tab between the leading surface-mount contact and the next following surface mount contact of the strip to thereby free said leading surface-mount contact, said cutting means temporarily holding said leading surface-mount contact to maintain said predetermined direction and position of the severed surface-mount contact between the time that said leading surface-mount contacts is severed from the strip and the time that the pick-up member of the pick-and-place machine has engaged the contact sufficiently to enable it to pick up the contact and remove it from said pick-up station.

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