US Patent No. 10,039,220

METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVED STORAGE AND HANDLING OF COMPONENTS


Patent No. 10,039,220
Issue Date July 31, 2018
Title Method, System And Device For Improved Storage And Handling Of Components
Inventorship Nils Jacobsson, Taby (SE)
Roger Jonasson, Taby (SE)
Assignee Mycronic AB, Taeby (SE)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,039,220

18. A cluster of automated Surface Mount Device (SMD) warehouses, each automated SMD warehouse comprising:a processor, and
an actuator communicatively coupled to said processor;
wherein said processor is configured to
receive at least one of input data or a parameter, the at least one of input data or parameter indicative of a position within said automated SMD warehouse, or a position within the cluster of automated SMD warehouses, and
send control data to the actuator based on the at least one of input data or parameter;
wherein the actuator is configured to, based on the control data,
retrieve a bin from (i) said position within the automated SMD warehouse or (ii) the position within the cluster of automated SMD warehouses,
present said retrieved bin at an output port of said automated SMD warehouse; and
wherein each automated SMD warehouse is configured to store and retrieve bins;
wherein said cluster of automated SMD warehouses is further configured to retrieve and redistribute bins between storage positions in different ones of the automated SMD warehouses;
wherein each automated SMD warehouse is further configured to present said retrieved bin at an output port of said automated SMD warehouse;
wherein each bin includes a plurality of slots or compartments;
wherein each of the plurality of slots or compartments is configured to hold a bin load unit; and
wherein each bin load unit includes a pallet including a component tape reel, the pallet including a particular gripping area configured to enable gripping of the pallet by at least one actuator of the first actuator and the second actuator.