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Publication numberUS20020000048 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/122,199
Publication dateJan 3, 2002
Filing dateJul 23, 1998
Priority dateJul 23, 1998
Also published asUS6405447
Publication number09122199, 122199, US 2002/0000048 A1, US 2002/000048 A1, US 20020000048 A1, US 20020000048A1, US 2002000048 A1, US 2002000048A1, US-A1-20020000048, US-A1-2002000048, US2002/0000048A1, US2002/000048A1, US20020000048 A1, US20020000048A1, US2002000048 A1, US2002000048A1
InventorsLee Tiek Nyen
Original AssigneeLee Tiek Nyen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Alignment device for electrically connecting a testing device to a sliding plate on a conveyer
US 20020000048 A1
Abstract
The present invention relates to an alignment device for electrically connecting a testing device to a socket of a sliding plate. The testing device is positioned beside a conveyer. The sliding plate is slidably placed on the conveyer and is temporarily halted in front of the testing device. The alignment device comprises a positioning device fixed on the socket of the sliding plate, a plug electrically connected to the testing device, a guiding device fixed on the plug, a driving device installed beside the testing device for pushing the plug and the guiding device toward the socket and the positioning device of the sliding device, and a mounting device installed on the driving device for slidably supporting the plug and the guiding device. The guiding device is used for interacting with the positioning device to adjust the position of the plug on the mounting device. When the plug is pushed toward the socket of the sliding plate, the guiding device will interact with the positioning device so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
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Claims(9)
What is claimed is:
1. An alignment device for electrically connecting a testing device to a socket of a sliding plate and the sliding plate is slidably placed on the conveyer and car be temporarily halted in front of the testing device, the alignment device comprising:
a positioning device fixed on the socket of the sliding plate;
a plug electrically connected to the testing device;
a guiding device fixed on the plug;
a driving device installed beside the testing device for pushing the plug and the guiding device separately toward the socket and the positioning device of the sliding device; and
a mounting device installed on the driving device for slidably supporting the plug and the guiding device;
wherein the guiding device is used for interacting with the positioning device for adjusting a position of the plug relative to the socket, when the plug is pushed toward the socket of the sliding plate by the driving device, the guiding device will interact with the positioning device to adjust the position of the plug on the mounting device so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
2. The alignment device of claim 1 wherein the driving device comprises a driving arm for pushing the plug and the guiding device toward the socket and the positioning device, and the mounting device is installed on the driving arm of the driving device.
3. The alignment device of claim 1 wherein the plug and the guiding device mounted on the mounting device is slidable in a two-dimensional plane.
4. The alignment device of claim 3 wherein the two-dimensional plane is perpendicular to the driving arm of the driving device.
5. The alignment device of claim 1 wherein the guiding device comprises a guiding pole, and the positioning device comprises a correspondent positioning hole, and when the guiding pole is pushed into and engaged with the positioning hole, the position of the plug on the mounting device is adjusted at the same time so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
6. The alignment device of claim 5 wherein the guiding pole comprises a substantially rectangular shaped head and the positioning hole comprises a correspondent substantially rectangular shaped recess wherein when the guiding pole is pushed into the positioning hole, the substantially rectangular shaped head of the guiding pole will be guided into the substantially rectangular shaped recess of the positioning hole so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
7. The alignment device of claim 5 wherein the positioning hole comprises a funnel shaped neck portion and a positioning tube under the funnel shaped neck portion over which the funnel shaped neck portion is used for engaging the head of the guiding pole so that the guiding pole can be pushed into the positioning tube.
8. The alignment device of claim 1 wherein the guiding device comprises two guiding poles each with a ball shaped head, and the positioning device comprises two correspondent positioning holes, wherein when the two guiding poles are pushed into the positioning holes, the two ball shaped heads of the guiding poles will engage with the two positioning holes to adjust the position of the plug on the mounting device so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
9. The alignment device of claim 8 wherein each of the two positioning holes comprises a funnel shaped neck portion for guiding the two ball shaped heads of the guiding poles into the two positioning holes.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to an alignment device of a testing device, and more particularly, to an alignment device for electrically connecting a testing device to a sliding plate on a conveyer.
  • [0003]
    2. Description of the Prior Art
  • [0004]
    Many electronic factories use computer controlled conveyers and sliding plates to transport electronic products to various assembly stations or testing stations. Some of these electronic factories use automatic facilities to electrically connect a testing device to a socket of the sliding plate.
  • [0005]
    Please refer to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2. FIG. 1 is a prior art alignment device 10 for automatically connecting a testing device 15 to a socket 12 of a sliding plate 11. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the plug 14 and the socket 12 shown in FIG. 1. The alignment device 10 and the testing device 15 are installed beside a conveyer 17. The sliding plate 11 is slidably installed on the conveyer 17 and can be temporarily halted in front of the testing device 15 and alignment device 10 during performance of a test. The alignment device 10 is electrically controlled by the testing device 15. It comprises a plug 14 electrically connected to the testing device 15, and a driving device 16 having a driving arm 19 for pushing the plug 14 toward the socket 12 of the sliding plate 11. The socket 12 is electrically connected to an electronic product 13 placed on the sliding plate 11. It comprises a plurality of recesses 18 with electric wires, and the plug 14 comprises a plurality of correspondent probes 20.
  • [0006]
    When the sliding plate 11 is transported by the conveyer 17 to a predetermined position in front of the testing device 15, the testing device 15 will use the driving arm 19 of the driving device 16 to push the plug 14 toward the socket 12 of the sliding plate 11 to electrically connect the probes 20 of the plug 14 with the correspondent recesses 18 of the socket 12. When the plug 14 is electrically connected with the socket 12 of the sliding plate 11, the testing device 15 will start to test the electronic product 13 placed on the sliding plate 11. When a test is completed, the testing device 15 will use the driving device 16 to disconnect the plug 14 from the socket 12, and the sliding plate 11 will be transported to a subsequent working station by the conveyer 17.
  • [0007]
    In order to minimize possible positioning errors when the probes 20 of the plug 14 are pushed toward the recesses 18 of the socket 12, large diameters of the recesses 18 and long distances between adjacent probes 20 are necessary. Although such an arrangement car effectively reduce possible errors, it will also reduce the number of probes 20 and recesses 18 because a total contact area between the plug 14 and the socket 12 is fixed. Since many sophisticated electronic products need to be tested with many probes, such an arrangement is unacceptable.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0008]
    It is therefore a primary objective of the present invention to provide an alignment device used for connecting a testing device with a conveyer to solve the above mentioned problems.
  • [0009]
    In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an alignment device for electrically connecting a testing device to a socket of a sliding plate over which the testing device is positioned beside a conveyer and the sliding plate is slidably placed on the conveyer and is temporarily halted in front of the testing device, the alignment device comprising:
  • [0010]
    a positioning device fixed on the socket of the sliding plate;
  • [0011]
    a plug electrically connected to the testing device;
  • [0012]
    a guiding device fixed on the plug;
  • [0013]
    a driving device installed beside the testing device for pushing the plug and the guiding device toward the socket and the positioning device of the sliding device; and
  • [0014]
    a mounting device installed on the driving device for slidably supporting the plug and the guiding device;
  • [0015]
    wherein when the plug is pushed toward the socket of the sliding plate by the driving device, the guiding device will interact with the positioning device to adjust the position of the plug on the mounting device so that the plug can be plugged into the socket of the sliding plate.
  • [0016]
    It is an advantage of the present invention that the alignment device comprises a guiding device and a positioning device so that more probes and recesses can be installed on the plug and the socket without the problem of positioning errors, and thus sophisticated electronic products can be tested more easily.
  • [0017]
    This and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after read the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment which is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a prior art alignment device electrically connected with a testing device and a socket of a sliding plate.
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the plug and the socket shown in FIG. 1.
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an alignment device according to the present invention.
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 4 is a sectional view along line 4-4 of the alignment device shown in FIG. 3.
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 5 is a sectional view of an alternative guiding device and positioning hole of the alignment device shown in FIG. 3.
  • [0023]
    [0023]FIG. 6 is a sectional view along line 6-6 of the alignment device shown in FIG. 5.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • [0024]
    Please refer to FIG. 3 and FIG. 4. FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an alignment device 42 according to the present invention. FIG. 4 is a sectional view along line 4-4 of the alignment device 42 shown in FIG. 3. The alignment device 42 has an arrangement similar to the prior art alignment device 10 shown in FIG. 1. A socket 22 is fixed on a sliding plate, and a plug 26 is vertically fixed by two driving arms 27 on a driving device (not shown). The arrangement of the alignment device 42 will rot be further described in the following text.
  • [0025]
    The alignment device 42 comprises a positioning device 31 comprising two positioning holes 32 installed on the socket 22 on the sliding plate, a plug 26 electrically connected to a testing device comprising a plurality of probes 28 installed on its bottom side, a guiding device 30 comprising two guiding poles 36 installed on the bottom side of the plug 26, two driving arms 27 installed below the driving device for pushing the plug 26 and the guiding device 30 downward toward the socket 22 and positioning holes 32 separately, and a mounting device 44 installed on bottom ends of the two driving arms 27 for slidably supporting the plug 26 and the guiding device 30 below the driving arms 27. The mounting device 44 comprises two x-directional sliding rods 46 for sliding the plug 26 and guiding device 30 along an x direction, and two y-directional sliding rods 48 for sliding the plug 26 and guiding device 30 along a y direction. The x and y directions make a two-dimensional plane perpendicular to the direction in which the driving arms 27 push the plug 26 and the guiding device 30. By sliding the plug 26 and guiding device 30 along the X and Y directions, their positions relative to the socket 22 and the positioning device 31 can be changed.
  • [0026]
    The guiding device 30 interacts with the positioning device 31 on the sliding plate for adjusting a position of the plug 26 relative to the socket 22. Each of the guiding poles 36 comprises a ball shaped head 38 and each of the positioning holes 32 comprises a funnel shaped neck portion 34 and a positioning tube 35. Each guiding pole 36 of the guiding device 30 is longer than each of the probes 28. As the plug 26 is pushed downward, the guiding poles 36 will first engage with the funnel shaped neck portion 34 of the two positioning holes 32 and then will be guided into the positioning tubes 35 at the bases of the positioning holes 32. At this time, the plug 26 mounted with the guiding poles 36 will be pushed toward the socket 22 allowing the plurality of probes 28 on the bottom side of the plug 26 to be plugged into each correspondent recess 24 on the socket 22. The guiding poles 36 above the positioning holes 32 are elastically fixed by rubber pads 40 installed on top ends of the guiding poles 36 to avoid traumatic damage when the plug 26 is mounted to the socket 22.
  • [0027]
    Because the size of the funnel shaped neck portion 34 of the positioning holes 32 is directly proportional to the relative positioning errors between the socket 22 of the movable sliding plate 11 and the plug 26 of the fixed alignment device 42, the positioning errors will be automatically corrected by the guiding device 30, the mounting device 44, and the positioning device 31 installed on the socket 22. Since the positioning errors between the sliding plate 11 and the alignment device 42 are corrected before the probes 28 of the plug 26 are plugged into the recesses 24 of the socket 22 the probes 28 and the recesses 24 can easily be properly matched. The possibility of positioning errors can be effectively reduced. This will also allow more probes 28 and recesses 24 to be installed on the plug 26 and the socket 22.
  • [0028]
    In addition, the two guiding poles 36 of the guiding device 30 can adjust the position of the sliding plate 11 slightly if the socket 22 of the sliding plate 11 is not precisely in parallel with the plug 26 of the alignment device 42. After the two guiding poles 36 of the guiding device 30 are moved to the two positioning tubes 35 of the positioning holes 32, the guiding device 30 will move the sliding plate 11 slightly to bring the socket 22 into alignment with the plug 26. The two guiding poles 36 of the guiding device 30 can also be replaced by an alternative single guiding pole. FIG. 5 and 6 show such an example.
  • [0029]
    Please refer to FIGS. 5 and 6. FIG. 5 is a sectional view of an alternative guiding pole 50 and positioning hole 52 of the alignment device 42 according to the present invention. FIG. 6 is a sectional view along line 6-6 in FIG. 5. The guiding pole 50 comprises a rectangular shaped head 58, the positioning hole 52 comprises a funnel shaped neck portion 54 and a rectangular shaped recess 56. Besides, the rectangular shaped head 58 and the rectangular shaped recess 56 can slightly rotate the sliding plate 11 and improve the positioning operation if the plug 26 is not precisely parallel to the socket 22. As shown in this embodiment, the two sets of ball shaped head 38, funnel shaped neck portion 34 and positioning tubes 35 can be replaced by one set of rectangular shaped head 58, funnel shaped neck portion 54 and rectangular shaped recess 56, and the positioning operation of the present invention can still be performed.
  • [0030]
    Those skilled in the art will readily observe that numerous modifications and alterations of the device may be made while remaining the teachings of the invention. Accordingly, the above disclosure should be construed as limited only by the metes and bounds of the appended claims.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification33/645
International ClassificationG01R1/04, G01R31/28, G01R31/01
Cooperative ClassificationG01R31/2825, G01R1/04, G01R31/01
European ClassificationG01R1/04, G01R31/01
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DateCodeEventDescription
May 29, 2002ASAssignment
Owner name: BENQ CORPORATION, TAIWAN
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNORS:ACER PERIPHERALS, INC.;ACER COMMUNICATIONS & MULTIMEDIA INC.;REEL/FRAME:012939/0847
Effective date: 20020401
Jul 11, 2002ASAssignment
Owner name: BENQ CORPORATION, TAIWAN
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNORS:ACER PERIPHERALS, INC.;ACER COMMUNICATIONS & MULTIMEDIA INC.;REEL/FRAME:013117/0637
Effective date: 20020401
Oct 17, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: BENQ CORPORATION, TAIWAN
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNORS:ACER PERIPHERALS, INC.;ACER COMMUNICATIONS & MULTIMEDIA INC.;REEL/FRAME:014567/0715
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Jan 25, 2010REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
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