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Feeding of small components using the surface tension of fluids

: Burgard, Matthias; Othman, Nabih; Mai, Uwe; Schlenker, Dirk; Verl, Alexander

Preprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-2874681 (238 KByte PDF)
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Created on: 10.05.2015

Ratchev, Svetan (Ed.); Westkämper, Engelbert (International Advisory Committee) ; Univ. of Nottingham; International Academy for Production Engineering -CIRP-, Paris; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-:
IPAS 2014, 7th International Precision Assembly Seminar. Proceedings : Chamonix, 16-18 February 2014
Nottingham, 2014
International Precision Assembly Seminar (IPAS) <7, 2014, Chamonix>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPA ()
handling; IPA.FluidSort; Liquid Handling; Oberflächenspannung; Vereinzeln; feeding system; microsystems; microtechnology; Mikrotechnik; Sortieren; Zuführen; Handhaben; Fluidtechnik

The feeding of components smaller than 1 mm² is a high challenge in an automated manufacturing line. The surface forces affecting these micro components are getting more important and cause problems when handled. A new method is described using the surface forces for separating, sorting and arranging micro components. The surface shape of fluids and the gravity are used for moving the floating components to defined positions. The components can be arranged in a magazine or can be sorted by a channel system.