US Patent No. 10,342,169

TAPE FEEDER


Patent No. 10,342,169
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Tape Feeder
Inventorship Yasuo Takanami, Yamanashi (JP)
Chikara Takata, Yamanashi (JP)
Yasuo Oku, Yamanashi (JP)
Assignee PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD., Osaka (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,342,169

1. A tape feeder which performs pitch feeding of a carrier tape holding a component so as to supply the component to a pick-up position for a suction nozzle included in a component mounter, the tape feeder comprising:a main body that has a tape traveling path which is a traveling path of the carrier tape;
a sprocket that is provided in the main body, causes an outer peripheral tooth to engage with a feed hole of the carrier tape, and rotates so as to perform pitch feeding of the carrier tape on the tape traveling path;
a tape pressing member that is provided in the main body and presses a part which engages with the outer peripheral tooth of the sprocket in the carrier tape from above; and
a connection mechanism that connects the tape pressing member to the main body,
wherein the connection mechanism includes a first link member which is attached to the main body by a first pivotal link member so as to swing freely around the first pivotal link member as a swing center and is connected by a first lock pin to an end of the tape pressing member on an opposite side in a traveling direction of the carrier tape, a second link member which is attached to the main body by a second pivotal link member so as to swing freely around the second pivotal link member as a swing center and is connected by a second lock pin to an end of the tape pressing member on a side in the traveling direction of the carrier tape, and a third link member of which an end on one side is connected to the first link member by a third pivotal link member and of which an end on the other side is connected to the second link member by a fourth pivotal link member, and wherein a segment connecting the first pivotal link member and the second pivotal link member, a segment connecting the first lock pin and the second lock pin, and a segment connecting the third pivotal link member and the fourth pivotal link member are parallel to each other.