04647269 is referenced by 14 patents and cites 7 patents.

The invention of the present document comprises apparatus for receiving and automatically feeding dual-in-line package (DIP) transportation and storage tubes (24) to the singulator (76) of an integrated circuit device handler (20) so that devices (22) in the tubes (24) can be introduced at the singulator (76). The tubes (24) are randomly placed in a hopper (66), and conveyed through an aperture (170) formed in a side wall (172) of the hopper (66). An elevator (74) is provided to raise the tubes (24) to a height at which open ends thereof are disposed above the height of the singulator (76). With a tube (24) so raised, a tube inserter (96) pushes the tube (24) into the tube holder (98) of a manipulator (100). The tube holder (98) is, in turn, pivoted to tilt the tube (24) so that devices (22) within the tube (24) are deposited for introduction into the singulator (76 ).

Title
Automatic integrated circuit transportation tube elevating and tilting device
Application Number
6/750259
Publication Number
4647269
Application Date
July 1, 1985
Publication Date
March 3, 1987
Inventor
Nathan R Smith
Stillwater
MN, US
Michael P Kassner
New Brighton
MN, US
Michael J Carroll
Columbia Heights
MN, US
John A Wedel
Mendota Heights
MN, US
Agent
Lawrence M Nawrocki
Assignee
Micro Component Technology
MN, US
IPC
B65G 65/34
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