US Patent No. 10,694,650

TAPE FEEDER


Patent No. 10,694,650
Issue Date June 23, 2020
Title Tape Feeder
Inventorship Minoru Kitani, Fukuoka (JP)
Assignee PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD., Osaka (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,694,650

1. A tape feeder that is used in a component mounting device for installing a component on a board, the component being held by a mounting head, transports a carrier tape containing the component, and supplies the component to a component extraction position by the mounting head, the tape feeder comprising:a tape guideway that has an insertion port into which a leading tape and a following tape can be inserted, the following tape being a carrier tape fed after the leading tape;
a first tape transporter that is provided on a downstream side of the tape guideway, and transports the leading tape to the component extraction position in the tape guideway;
a second tape transporter that is provided on an upstream side of the tape guideway, and transports the following tape from the insertion port to the first tape transporter;
a following tape holder that has a first supporter that supports one side of an uninserted portion of the following tape not inserted into the insertion port in a width direction from a lower side, and a second supporter that supports the other side of the uninserted portion in a width direction from the lower side, and holds the uninserted portion of the following tape at a position separated upward from an uninserted portion of the leading tape; and
a displacer that displaces a position of the second supporter upward with respect to the first supporter, and displaces the uninserted portion of the following tape from the following tape holder,
wherein a width of one end portion of the second supporter decreases toward the insertion port.