US 9,814,170 B2
Flexible assembly machine, system and method
Koenraad Alexander Gieskes, Deposit, NY (US); and John Edward Danek, Vestal, NY (US)
Assigned to UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, Conklin, NY (US)
Filed by UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION, Conklin, NY (US)
Filed on Dec. 12, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/568,713.
Application 14/568,713 is a continuation of application No. 14/407,621, previously published as PCT/US2013/048196, filed on Jun. 27, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/665,488, filed on Jun. 28, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2015/0181779 A1, Jun. 25, 2015
Int. Cl. H05K 13/04 (2006.01); B25J 19/02 (2006.01); H05K 3/30 (2006.01); B25J 5/02 (2006.01); B65G 35/00 (2006.01); H05K 13/08 (2006.01); B23P 21/00 (2006.01); B25J 11/00 (2006.01)
CPC H05K 13/0413 (2013.01) [B23P 21/00 (2013.01); B23P 21/004 (2013.01); B25J 5/02 (2013.01); B25J 11/00 (2013.01); B25J 19/02 (2013.01); B65G 35/00 (2013.01); H05K 3/30 (2013.01); H05K 3/301 (2013.01); H05K 13/046 (2013.01); H05K 13/0408 (2013.01); H05K 13/0495 (2013.01); H05K 13/08 (2013.01); Y10T 29/4913 (2015.01); Y10T 29/49124 (2015.01); Y10T 29/49133 (2015.01); Y10T 29/53174 (2015.01); Y10T 29/53417 (2015.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An assembly machine comprising:
a circuitous track;
a dispensing head configured to at least partially assemble an unfinished product; and
a permanent magnet linear motor system located within the dispensing head and the track, wherein the permanent magnet linear motor system is configured to provide attachment of the dispensing head to the circuitous track and configured to provide motion of the dispensing head along the circuitous track, wherein the dispensing head is attached to the circuitous track by a magnetic attraction between an element of the dispensing head and an element of the circuitous track.