US Patent No. 11,032,956

COMPONENT FEEDER MECHANISM WITH FLOATING FRAME


Patent No. 11,032,956
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Component Feeder Mechanism With Floating Frame
Inventorship Kelvin Wiley, San Diego, CA (US)
Assignee Automation Technical Service Inc, San Diego, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,032,956

1. A mechanism for detaching a portion of a covertape from a tape, the mechanism comprising:a base having a top surface and including a groove extending along the top surface;
a frame flexibly coupled to the base and including:
a right side having a substantially “L-shaped” cross-section and including a knife portion and a creasing portion, wherein the knife portion is configured to detach one side of the covertape from the tape and wherein the creasing portion is configured to crease a portion of the covertape to fold back on itself; and
a left side having a substantially “L-shaped” cross-section and rigidly coupled to the right side such that the frame has a substantially “U-shaped” cross-section that is sized to receive at least a portion of the base;
a first spring positioned between the base and the frame proximate the knife portion and arranged to control a compressive force between the knife portion and the base;
a second spring positioned between the base and the frame proximate the creasing portion and arranged to control a compressive force between the creasing portion and the base;
a first fastener flexibly coupling the frame to the base allowing the frame to translate linearly relative to the base and to rotate relative to the base; and
a second fastener flexibly coupling the frame to the base allowing the frame to translate linearly relative to the base and to rotate relative to the base, wherein the first spring, the second spring, the first fastener, and the second fastener allow the mechanism to accommodate a variation in a thickness of the tape.