US Patent No. 10,172,270


Patent No. 10,172,270
Issue Date January 01, 2019
Title Pick-and-place Feeder Module Assembly
Inventorship John S. Youngquist, Niagara Falls (CA)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,172,270

1. A feeder module for use in a pick-and-place machine, said feeder module comprising:a frame configured with a pair of extended parallel and spaced-apart support structures running in a first direction along the frame that will, in use, support plural component feeders and be aligned with a pick-and-place machine,
said spaced-apart support structures, in use, supporting a plurality of component feeders disposed in a second direction transverse to said first direction when each component feeder is snap-in connected to at least one of said spaced-apart support structures such that each component feeder is supported by said pair of spaced-apart support structures in cantilevered fashion, each one of said spaced-apart support structures being configured to simultaneously engage each component feeder of said plurality of component feeders when supported in cantilever fashion such that each component feeder (a) is supported by the spaced-apart support structures at only a first end portion thereof and (b) extends from said first end portion in a horizontal orientation;
a component supply portion configured to accommodate plural supplies of components, each supply being located below a respectively corresponding component feeder when in use; and
a lock mechanism configured to detachably connect the feeder module to a pick-and-place machine.