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1. US5353495 - Parts supply system applied to a versatile production line

Office
United States of America
Application Number 08022640
Application Date 25.02.1993
Publication Number 5353495
Publication Date 11.10.1994
Grant Number 5353495
Grant Date 11.10.1994
Publication Kind A
IPC
B23P 21/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
23MACHINE TOOLS; METAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
POTHER WORKING OF METAL; COMBINED OPERATIONS; UNIVERSAL MACHINE TOOLS
21Machines for assembling a multiplicity of different parts to compose units, with or without preceding or subsequent working of such parts, e.g. with programme control
B23Q 7/14
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
23MACHINE TOOLS; METAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
QDETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING; MACHINE TOOLS IN GENERAL, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PARTICULAR DETAILS OR COMPONENTS; COMBINATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS OF METAL-WORKING MACHINES, NOT DIRECTED TO A PARTICULAR RESULT
7Arrangements for handling work specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools, e.g. for conveying, loading, positioning, discharging, sorting
14co-ordinated in production lines
B23Q 41/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
23MACHINE TOOLS; METAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
QDETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING; MACHINE TOOLS IN GENERAL, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PARTICULAR DETAILS OR COMPONENTS; COMBINATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS OF METAL-WORKING MACHINES, NOT DIRECTED TO A PARTICULAR RESULT
41Combinations or associations of metal-working machines not directed to a particular result according to classes B21, B23 or B24169
02Features relating to transfer of work between machines
B65G 47/68
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
47Article or material-handling devices associated with conveyors; Methods employing such devices
52Devices for transferring articles or materials between conveyors, i.e. discharging or feeding devices
68adapted to receive articles arriving in one layer from one conveyor and to transfer them in individual layers to more than one conveyor, or vice versa, e.g. combining the flows of articles conveyed by more than one conveyor
G01R 31/00
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
RMEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES
31Arrangements for testing electric properties; Arrangements for locating electric faults; Arrangements for electrical testing characterised by what is being tested not provided for elsewhere
G05B 19/418
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
19Programme-control systems
02electric
418Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
CPC
B23Q 7/1442
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
23MACHINE TOOLS; METAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
QDETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING
7Arrangements for handling work specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools, e.g. for conveying, loading, positioning, discharging, sorting
14co-ordinated in production lines
1426with work holders not rigidly fixed to the transport devices
1442using carts carrying work holders
B23P 21/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
23MACHINE TOOLS; METAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
PMETAL-WORKING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; COMBINED OPERATIONS; UNIVERSAL MACHINE TOOLS
21Machines for assembling a multiplicity of different parts to compose units, with or without preceding or subsequent working of such parts, e.g. with programme control
Y02P 90/04
Y02P 90/28
Y10T 29/53061
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
29Metal working
53Means to assemble or disassemble
53039with control means energized in response to activator stimulated by condition sensor
53061Responsive to work or work-related machine element
Y10T 29/53365
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
29Metal working
53Means to assemble or disassemble
53313Means to interrelatedly feed plural work parts from plural sources without manual intervention
53365Multiple station assembly apparatus
Applicants PFU Limited
Inventors Terabayashi Eiichi
Miyasaka Kazumi
Sasaki Katsunao
Terashima Hiroyoshi
Oyanagi Keisuke
Sasano Toshio
Agents Staas & Halsey
Priority Data 1992305551 16.11.1992 JP
Title
(EN) Parts supply system applied to a versatile production line
Abstract
(EN)

The present invention relates to a parts supply system applied to a versatile production line, which strives to eliminate manual labor and prevent misdelivery. The parts supply system includes at least one of the product assembling sites (3) on the production line, at least one of the parts supplying sites (4), at least one of the unit assembling sites (5), at which units are assembled from parts delivered from a warehouse and a plurality of sets are arranged with the units, and a delivery means for delivering the set automatically between each of the product assembling sites (3) and each of the parts supplying sites (4) by an automatic carrier (2) or conveyors.