(19)
(11)EP 3 433 651 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 17718606.1

(22)Date of filing:  21.03.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G02B 6/42(2006.01)
H05K 9/00(2006.01)
H01R 13/658(2011.01)
H01R 43/18(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2017/051635
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/163184 (28.09.2017 Gazette  2017/39)

(54)

ASSEMBLING APPARATUS

MONTAGEVORRICHTUNG

APPAREIL D'ASSEMBLAGE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 22.03.2016 CN 201610164692

(43)Date of publication of application:
30.01.2019 Bulletin 2019/05

(73)Proprietors:
  • Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Shanghai (CN)
  • Tyco Electronics (Zhuhai) Ltd.
    Zhuhai (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • DENG, Yingcong
    Shanghai (CN)
  • HU, Lvhai
    Shanghai (CN)
  • DAI, Zhiyong
    Shanghai (CN)
  • LIU, Yun
    Shanghai (CN)
  • ZHANG, Dandan
    Shanghai (CN)
  • YU, Qiang
    Zone Zhuhai (CN)
  • CHEN, Wei
    Zone Zhuhai (CN)
  • ZHANG, Ning
    Zone Zhuhai (CN)

(74)Representative: Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB 
Leopoldstraße 4
80802 München
80802 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2007/079117
US-B1- 6 368 153
US-A1- 2002 068 481
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to an assembling apparatus, more particularly, relates to an assembling apparatus adapted to assembly a case made of thin plate.

    Description of the Related Art



    [0002] Fig.1 is an illustrative perspective view of a typical case of a connector viewed from a bottom side, and Fig.2 is an illustrative perspective view the case of Fig.1 viewed from a top side.

    [0003] As shown in Figs.1 and 2, the case mainly comprises a bottom case 10, a top case 20 located above the bottom case 10, and at least one partition plate 30 provided between the bottom case 10 and the top case 20.

    [0004] As shown in Figs.1 and 2, a latch 12 is formed on each side wall of the bottom case 10, and a locking spring 22 is formed on each side plate 21 of the top case 20. The latches 12 vertically and upwardly extend from both sides of a bottom wall of the bottom case 10, respectively. The side plates 21 vertically and downwardly extend from both sides of a top wall of the top case 20, respectively. The locking spring 22 protrudes outward from the side plate 21 of the top case 20.

    [0005] As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the lock springs 22 are adapted to be fitted into the latches 12 from inner sides of the latches 12, respectively. In this way, the bottom case 10 and the top case 20 are assembled together.

    [0006] As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, a lower side of the partition plate 30 is adapted to be assembled to the bottom wall of the bottom case 10, and an upper side of the partition plate 30 is adapted to be assembled to the top wall of the top case 20. In this way, the space between the bottom case 10 and the top case 20 may be divided into a plurality of receiving chambers 1 for receiving a plurality of connectors.

    [0007] As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the bottom case 10, the top case 20 and the partition plate 30 are all made of thin metal plate. The thin metal plate is easy to deform, therefore, in the process of machining, the side plates 21 of the top case 20 are easy to offset from a predetermined position, that is, a vertical position where the side plates 21 are perpendicular to the top wall of the top case 20. For example, the side plates 21 may slightly offset outward or slightly offset inward.

    [0008] If the side plates 21 of the top case 20 offset from the predetermined position, the locking springs 22 on the side plates 21 of the top case 20 cannot be fitted into the latches 12 smoothly.

    [0009] In the prior art, the case shown in Figs. 1 and 2 is generally assembled by manual. Thereby, a worker has to correct the position of the side plates 21 of the top case 20 by manual until the side plates 21 of the top case 20 are located in the vertical position where the side plates 21 are perpendicular to the top wall of the top case 20. However, manually correcting the position of the side plates 21 and manually assembling the case greatly reduce the assembly efficiency of the case.

    [0010] An exemplary prior art connector case is disclosed in the patent document US 6 368 153 B1.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0011] The present invention has been made to overcome or alleviate at least one aspect of the above mentioned disadvantages.

    [0012] According to an object of the present invention, there is provided an assembling apparatus which may automatically corrects a position deviation of a side plate of a top case, improving the assembly efficiency of a connector case made of thin plate.

    [0013] According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an assembling apparatus adapted to assembly a connector case made of thin plate. The case comprises a bottom case and a top case, a latch is formed on each side wall of the bottom case, and a locking spring is formed on each side plate of the top case. When the side plates of the top case are located at a predetermined position with respect to the top wall of the top case, the lock springs are adapted to be fitted into the latches from inner sides of the latches, respectively. The assembling apparatus comprises: a base configured to position and support the bottom case; an operation mechanism adapted to hold and move the top case; and a guide device adapted to be disposed at the inner side of the latch and configured to guide the side plate to the predetermined position, so that the lock spring on the side plate of the top case is capable of being fitted into the latch.

    [0014] According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the guide device comprises a first guide device having a first guide surface facing the inner side of the latch, and the first guide surface is adapted to push the side plates outward, so as to gradually expand the distance between the side plates.

    [0015] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the guide device further comprises a second guide device having a second guide surface facing the first guide device, and the second guide surface is adapted to push the side plates inward, so as to gradually narrow the distance between the side plates.

    [0016] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, when the side plates are located at the predetermined position, the side plates are perpendicular to a top surface of the top case and a bottom surface of the bottom case.

    [0017] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the case further comprises at least one partition plate with a lower side adapted to be assembled to a bottom wall of the bottom case and an upper side adapted to be assembled to a top wall of the top case, so as to divide the space between the bottom case and the top case into a plurality of receiving chambers.

    [0018] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the assembling apparatus further comprises a holding mechanism configured to hold the partition plate in a position where the partition plate is perpendicular to the bottom wall of the bottom case.

    [0019] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the holding mechanism comprises at least one pair of clamping fingers each adapted to clamp the partition plate from both sides thereof.

    [0020] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the holding mechanism further comprises a first driving mechanism adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers to move in a direction parallel to the separation plate, so as to move the at least one pair of clamping fingers to or from the separation plate.

    [0021] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the holding mechanism further comprises a second driving mechanism adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers to close or open, so as to clamp or release the separation plate.

    [0022] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the first driving mechanism is further adapted to drive the guide device to move in a horizontal direction parallel to the separation plate, so as to move the guide device to or from the latch.

    [0023] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the first guide surface and/or the second guide surface are/is a smooth arc guide surface or a smooth slope guide surface.

    [0024] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the first guide device is formed as a rigid block with a stiffness larger than that of the side plates, and the second guide device is a flexible sheet with a flexibility larger than that of the side plates.

    [0025] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the operation mechanism comprises a robot and a vacuum adsorption device mounted on the robot, and the vacuum adsorption device is adapted to pick up the top case, and the robot is adapted to move the top case picked by the vacuum adsorption device.

    [0026] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of first holes are formed in the top case, and a plurality of first position posts are formed on the operation mechanism. The plurality of first position posts are adapted to be inserted into the first plurality of holes, respectively, so as to position the top case picked by the vacuum adsorption device.

    [0027] According to another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of second holes are formed in the bottom case, and a plurality of second position posts are formed on the base. The plurality of second position posts are adapted to be inserted into the plurality of second holes, respectively, so as to position the bottom case supported on the base.

    [0028] In the above various exemplary embodiments of the present invention, the assembling apparatus is provided with the guide device which may automatically corrects the position deviation of the side plates of the top case by guiding the side plates offset from predetermined position to the predetermined position. As a result, the lock spring on the side plate of the top case is capable of being smoothly fitted into the latch, improving the assembly efficiency of the case made of thin plate.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0029] The above and other features of the present invention will become more apparent by describing in detail exemplary embodiments thereof with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

    Fig.1 is an illustrative perspective view of a typical case of a connector viewed from a bottom side;

    Fig.2 is an illustrative perspective view the case of Fig.1 viewed from a top side;

    Fig.3 shows an assembling apparatus for assembling the case shown in Figs. 1-2 according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

    Fig.4 shows the assembling apparatus for assembling the case shown in Figs. 1-2 according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, in which an operation mechanism is removed;

    Fig.5 is an illustrative view of correcting a position deviation of the side plates, which offset inward from a predetermined position, by a first guide device; and

    Fig.6 is an illustrative view of correcting a position deviation of the side plates, which offset outward from a predetermined position, by a second guide device.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE IVENTION



    [0030] Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure will be described hereinafter in detail with reference to the attached drawings, wherein the like reference numerals refer to the like elements. The present disclosure may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as being limited to the embodiment set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that the present disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the concept of the disclosure to those skilled in the art.

    [0031] In the following detailed description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the disclosed embodiments. It will be apparent, however, that one or more embodiments may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures and devices are schematically shown in order to simplify the drawing.

    [0032] According to the present invention, there is provided an assembling apparatus adapted to assembly a case made of thin plate. The case comprises a bottom case and a top case, a latch is formed on each side wall of the bottom case, and a locking spring is formed on each side plate of the top case. When the side plates of the top case are located at a predetermined position with respect to the top wall of the top case, the lock springs are adapted to be fitted into the latches from inner sides of the latches, respectively. The assembling apparatus comprising: a base configured to position and support the bottom case; an operation mechanism adapted to hold and move the top case; and a guide device adapted to be disposed at the inner side of the latch and configured to guide the side plate to the predetermined position, so that the lock spring on the side plate of the top case is capable of being fitted into the latch.

    [0033] Fig.1 is an illustrative perspective view of a typical case of a connector viewed from a bottom side; Fig.2 is an illustrative perspective view the case of Fig.1 viewed from a top side.

    [0034] As shown in Figs. 1-2, the case mainly comprises a bottom case 10, a top case 20 located above the bottom case 10, and at least one partition plate 30 provided between the bottom case 10 and the top case 20.

    [0035] As shown in Figs. 1-2, a latch 12 is formed on each side wall of the bottom case 10, and a locking spring 22 is formed on each side plate 21 of the top case 20. The latches 12 vertically and upwardly extend from both sides of a bottom wall of the bottom case 10, respectively. The side plates 21 vertically and downwardly extend from both sides of a top wall of the top case 20, respectively. The locking spring 22 protrudes outward from the side plate 21 of the top case 20. The lock springs 22 are adapted to be fitted into the latches 12 from inner sides of the latches 12, respectively. In this way, the bottom case 10 and the top case 20 are assembled together. A lower side of the partition plate 30 is adapted to be assembled to the bottom wall of the bottom case 10, and an upper side of the partition plate 30 is adapted to be assembled to the top wall of the top case 20. In this way, the space between the bottom case 10 and the top case 20 is divided into a plurality of receiving chambers 1 by the partition plate 30. In an embodiment, the lower side of the partition plate 30 is inserted into a slit formed in the bottom wall of the bottom case 10, and the upper side of the partition plate 30 is inserted into a slit formed in the top wall of the top case 20.

    [0036] As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the bottom case 10, the top case 20 and the partition plate 30 are all made of thin metal plate. The thin metal plate is easy to deform, therefore, in the process of machining, the side plates 21 of the top case 20 are easy to offset from a predetermined position, for instance, a vertical position where the side plates 21 are perpendicular to the top wall of the top case 20. For example, the side plates 21 may slightly offset outward (as shown in Fig.6) from the predetermined position or slightly offset inward (as shown in Fig.5) from the predetermined position. As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, if the side plates 21 of the top case 20 offset from the predetermined position, the locking springs 22 on the side plates 21 of the top case 20 cannot be fitted into the latches 12.

    [0037] Fig.3 shows an assembling apparatus for assembling the case shown in Figs. 1-2 according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention; and Fig.4 shows the assembling apparatus for assembling the case shown in Figs. 1-2 according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention, in which an operation mechanism 100 is removed.

    [0038] As shown in Figs.3-4, in an embodiment, the assembling apparatus mainly comprises an operation mechanism 100, a guide device 310, 320 and a base 400. The bottom case 10 is adapted to be positioned and supported on the base 400. The operation mechanism 100 is configured to hold and move the top case 20, so as to assemble the top case 20 on the bottom case 10. The guide device 310, 320 is adapted to be disposed at the inner side of the latch 12 and configured to guide the side plate 21 to the predetermined position, so that the lock spring 22 on the side plate 21 of the top case 20 is smoothly fitted into the latch 12. In this way, it may improve the assembly efficiency of the case made of thin plate.

    [0039] Fig.5 is an illustrative view of correcting a position deviation of the side plates 21, which offset inward from a predetermined position, by a first guide device 310.

    [0040] As shown in Figs.3-5, in an embodiment, the guide devices 310, 320 comprise a first guide device 310 having a first guide surface S1 facing the inner side of the latch 12. As shown in Fig. 5, when the top case 20 is moved downward, the first guide surface S1 is adapted to push the side plates 21 outward, so as to gradually expand the distance between the side plates 21. In this way, the side plates 21 may be gradually moved to the predetermined position, for example, a vertical position where the side plates 21 are perpendicular to the top wall of the top case 20, and the position deviation of the side plates 21 may be automatically corrected by the first guide device 310. After the side plates 21 are moved to the predetermined position, the lock springs 22 on the side plates 21 of the top case 20 are capable of being smoothly fitted into the latches 12, respectively.

    [0041] Fig.6 is an illustrative view of correcting a position deviation of the side plates 21, which offset outward from a predetermined position, by a second guide device 320.

    [0042] As shown in Figs.3-5, in an embodiment, the guide devices 310, 320 further comprise a second guide device 320 having a second guide surface S2 facing the first guide device 310. As shown in Fig.6, when the top case 20 is moved downward, the second guide surface S2 is adapted to push the side plates 21 inward, so as to gradually narrow the distance between the side plates 21. In this way, the side plates 21 may be gradually moved to the predetermined position, for example, a vertical position where the side plates 21 are perpendicular to the top wall of the top case 20, and the position deviation of the side plates 21 may be automatically corrected by the second guide device 320. After the side plates 21 are moved to the predetermined position, the lock springs 22 on the side plates 21 of the top case 20 are capable of being smoothly fitted into the latches 12, respectively.

    [0043] In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the first guide device 310 may be formed as a rigid block with a stiffness larger than that of the side plates 21. The second guide device 320 may be formed as a flexible sheet with a flexibility larger than that of the side plates 21. In an embodiment, the thickness of the flexible sheet is less than that of the case. Generally, the flexible sheet may be made of alloy, for example, Zinc alloy, with a stiffness less than that of the case.

    [0044] Please be noted that, in the embodiment shown in Fig.6, after the side plates 21 are guided to the correct vertical position by the second guide device 320, it needs to pull out the second guide device 320 from a position between the latch 12 of the top case 10 and the side plate 21 of the top case 20. After the second guide device 320 is pulled out, the locking springs 22 on the side plates 21 may be introduced into holes formed in the latches 12, respectively. Sometimes, in order to ensure the locking springs 22 to be fully assembled into the holes in the latches 12, the operating mechanism 100 may drive the top case 30 to swing several times between both sides of the bottom case 10, so as to force the locking springs 22 on the side plates 21 to be fully assembled into the holes in the latches 12.

    [0045] As shown in Figs. 1-4, the assembling apparatus further comprises a holding mechanism 200 configured to hold the partition plate 30 in a position where the partition plate 30 is perpendicular to the bottom wall of the bottom case 10. In this way, after the top case 20 is assembled to the bottom case 10, the upper side of the partition plate 30 is inserted into the slit formed in the top wall of the top case 20 and assembled to the top case 20.

    [0046] As shown in Figs.3 and 4, in an embodiment, the holding mechanism 200 comprises at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 each adapted to clamp the partition plate 30 from both sides thereof.

    [0047] As shown in Figs.3 and 4, in an embodiment, the holding mechanism 200 further comprises a first driving mechanism 210 adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 to move in a direction parallel to the partition plate 30, so as to move the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 to or from the partition plate 30.

    [0048] As shown in Figs.3 and 4, in an embodiment, the holding mechanism 200 further comprises a second driving mechanism 220 adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 to close or open, so as to clamp or release the partition plate 30.

    [0049] As shown in Figs.3 and 4, in an embodiment, the first guide device 310 and the second guide device 320 both are attached to the first driving mechanism 210. Thereby, the first driving mechanism 210 is further adapted to drive the guide devices 310, 320 to move in a horizontal direction parallel to the partition plate 30, so as to move the guide devices 310, 320 to or from the latch 22.

    [0050] As shown in Figs.5 and 6, in an embodiment, the first guide surface S1 and/or the second guide surface S2 may be formed as a smooth arc guide surface or a smooth slope guide surface.

    [0051] As shown in Figs.3 and 4, in an embodiment, the operation mechanism 100 comprises a robot and a vacuum adsorption device mounted on the robot. The vacuum adsorption device is adapted to pick up the top case 20, and the robot is adapted to move the top case 20 picked by the vacuum adsorption device.

    [0052] As shown in Figs. 1-4, in an embodiment, a plurality of first holes 23 are formed in the top case 20, and a plurality of first position posts are formed on the operation mechanism 100. The plurality of first position posts are adapted to be inserted into the first plurality of holes 23, respectively, so as to position the top case 20 picked by the vacuum adsorption device.

    [0053] As shown in Figs.1-4, in an embodiment, a plurality of second holes 13 are formed in the bottom case 10, and a plurality of second position posts are formed on the base 400.The plurality of second position posts are adapted to be inserted into the plurality of second holes 13, respectively, so as to position the bottom case 10 supported on the base 400.

    [0054] Hereafter, it will describe an operation of assembling the case shown in Figs. 1-2 by the assembling apparatus according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
    firstly, placing the bottom case 10 on the base 400 by the operation mechanism 100;
    then, assembling the partition plate 30 to the bottom case 10 by the operation mechanism 100;
    then, moving the guide devices 310, 320 to the inner side of the latch 12 of the bottom case 10 and moving the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 to the partition plate 30 by the first driving mechanism 210;
    then, driving the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230, by the second driving mechanism 220, to close and clamp the partition plate 30;
    then, as shown in Fig.3, moving the top case 20 downward, by the operation mechanism 100, until the top case 20 reaches a preset position;
    then, driving the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230, by the second driving mechanism 220, to open and release the partition plate 30;
    then, moving the guide devices 310, 320 and the at least one pair of clamping fingers 230 out of the case by the first driving mechanism 210;
    finally, taking away the assembled case by the operation mechanism 100.

    [0055] It should be appreciated for those skilled in this art that the above embodiments are intended to be illustrated, and not restrictive.

    [0056] Although several exemplary embodiments have been shown and described, it would be appreciated by those skilled in the art that various changes or modifications may be made in these embodiments without departing from the disclosure, the scope of which is defined in the claims.

    [0057] As used herein, an element recited in the singular and proceeded with the word "a" or "an" should be understood as not excluding plural of said elements or steps, unless such exclusion is explicitly stated. Furthermore, references to "one embodiment" of the present invention are not intended to be interpreted as excluding the existence of additional embodiments that also incorporate the recited features. Moreover, unless explicitly stated to the contrary, embodiments "comprising" or "having" an element or a plurality of elements having a particular property may include additional such elements not having that property.


    Claims

    1. An assembling apparatus adapted to assembly a connector case made of thin plate, the case comprising a bottom case (10) and a top case (20), a latch (12) being formed on each side wall of the bottom case (10), a locking spring (22) being formed on each side plate (21) of the top case (20), and the lock springs (22) being adapted to be fitted into the latches (12) from an inner side of the latches (12), respectively, when the side plates (21) of the top case (20) are located at a predetermined position with respect to the top wall of the top case (20),
    the assembling apparatus comprising:

    a base (400) configured to position and support the bottom case (10);

    an operation mechanism (100) adapted to hold and move the top case (20); and

    a guide device (310, 320) adapted to be disposed at the inner side of the latch (12) and configured to guide the side plate (21) to the predetermined position, so that the lock spring (22) on the side plate (21) of the top case (20) is fitted into the latch (12) smoothly.


     
    2. The assembling apparatus according to claim 1,
    wherein the guide device (310, 320) comprises a first guide device (310) having a first guide surface (S1) facing the inner side of the latch (12), and
    wherein the first guide surface (S1) is adapted to push the side plates (21) outward, so as to gradually expand the distance between the side plates (21).
     
    3. The assembling apparatus according to claim 2,
    wherein the guide device (310, 320) further comprises a second guide device (320) having a second guide surface (S2) facing the first guide device (310), and
    wherein the second guide surface (S2) is adapted to push the side plates (21) inward, so as to gradually narrow the distance between the side plates (21).
     
    4. The assembling apparatus according to one of claims 1 to 3,
    wherein when the side plates (21) are located at the predetermined position, the side plates (21) are perpendicular to a top surface of the top case (20) and a bottom surface of the bottom case (10).
     
    5. The assembling apparatus according to one of claims 1 to 4,
    wherein the case further comprises at least one partition plate (30) having a lower side adapted to be assembled to a bottom wall of the bottom case (10) and an upper side adapted to be assembled to a top wall of the top case (20), so as to divide a space between the bottom case (10) and the top case (20) into a plurality of receiving chambers (1).
     
    6. The assembling apparatus according to claim 5, further comprising a holding mechanism (200) configured to hold the partition plate (30) in a position where the partition plate (30) is perpendicular to the bottom wall of the bottom case (10).
     
    7. The assembling apparatus according to claim 6,
    wherein the holding mechanism (200) comprises at least one pair of clamping fingers (230) each adapted to clamp the partition plate (30) from both sides thereof.
     
    8. The assembling apparatus according to claim 7,
    wherein the holding mechanism (200) further comprises a first driving mechanism (210) adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers (230) to move in a direction parallel to the partition plate (30), so as to move the at least one pair of clamping fingers (230) to or from the partition plate (30).
     
    9. The assembling apparatus according to claim 8,
    wherein the holding mechanism (200) further comprises a second driving mechanism (220) adapted to drive the at least one pair of clamping fingers (230) to close or open, so as to clamp or release the partition plate (30).
     
    10. The assembling apparatus according to claim 8 or 9,
    wherein the first driving mechanism (210) is further adapted to drive the guide device (310, 320) to move in a horizontal direction parallel to the partition plate (30), so as to move the guide device (310, 320) to or from the latch (22).
     
    11. The assembling apparatus according to one of claims 2 to 10,
    wherein the first guide surface (S1) and/or the second guide surface (S2) are/is formed as a smooth arc guide surface or a smooth slope guide surface.
     
    12. The assembling apparatus according to one of claims 3 to 11,
    wherein the first guide device (310) is a rigid block with a stiffness larger than that of the side plates (21), and
    wherein the second guide device (320) is a flexible sheet with a flexibility larger than that of the side plates (21).
     
    13. The assembling apparatus according to one of claims 1 to 12,
    wherein the operation mechanism (100) comprises a robot and a vacuum adsorption device mounted on the robot, and
    wherein the vacuum adsorption device is adapted to pick up the top case (20), and the robot is adapted to move the top case (20) picked by the vacuum adsorption device.
     
    14. The assembling apparatus according to claim 13,
    wherein a plurality of first holes (23) are formed in the top case (20), and a plurality of first position posts are formed on the operation mechanism (100), and
    wherein the plurality of first position posts are adapted to be inserted into the first plurality of holes (23), respectively, so as to position the top case (20) picked by the vacuum adsorption device.
     
    15. The assembling apparatus according to claim 14,
    wherein a plurality of second holes (13) are formed in the bottom case (10), and a plurality of second position posts are formed on the base (400), and
    wherein the plurality of second position posts are adapted to be inserted into the plurality of second holes (13), respectively, so as to position the bottom case (10) supported on the base (400).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Montagevorrichtung, die zum Montieren eines aus einem dünnen Blech bestehenden Verbindergehäuses eingerichtet ist, wobei das Gehäuse ein unteres Gehäuse (10) und ein oberes Gehäuse (20), eine Verriegelung (12), die an jeder Seitenwand des unteren Gehäuses (10) ausgebildet ist ,sowie eine Arretierfeder (22) umfasst, die an jeder Seitenplatte (21) des oberen Gehäuses (20) ausgebildet ist, wobei die Arretierfedern (22) so eingerichtet sind, dass sie jeweils über eine Innenseite der Verriegelungen (12) in die Verriegelungen (12) eingepasst werden, wenn sich die Seitenplatten (21) des oberen Gehäuses (20) in einer vorgegebenen Position in Bezug auf die obere Wand des oberen Gehäuses (20) befinden,
    wobei die Montagevorrichtung umfasst:

    einen Sockel (400), der zum Positionieren und Tragen des unteren Gehäuses (10) ausgeführt ist;

    einen Betätigungsmechanismus (100), der zum Halten und Bewegen des oberen Gehäuses (20) eingerichtet ist; sowie

    eine Führungsvorrichtung (310, 320), die so eingerichtet ist, dass sie an der Innenseite der Verriegelung (12) angeordnet wird, und so ausgeführt ist, dass sie die Seitenplatte (21) so an die vorgegebene Position führt, dass die Arretierfeder (22) an der Seitenplatte (21) des oberen Gehäuses (20) ungehindert in die Verriegelung (12) eingepasst wird.


     
    2. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 1,
    wobei die Führungsvorrichtung (310, 320) eine erste Führungsvorrichtung (310) umfasst, die mit eine erste Führungsfläche (S1) aufweist, die der Innenseite der Verriegelung (12) zugewandt ist, und
    die erste Führungsfläche (S1) so eingerichtet ist, dass sie die Seitenplatten (21) nach außen schiebt, um so den Abstand zwischen den Seitenplatten (21) allmählich zu vergrößern.
     
    3. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 2,
    wobei die Führungsvorrichtung (310, 320) des Weiteren eine zweite Führungsvorrichtung (320) umfasst, die eine zweite Führungsfläche (S2) aufweist, die der ersten Führungsvorrichtung (310) zugewandt ist, und
    die zweite Führungsfläche (S2) so eingerichtet ist, dass sie die Seitenplatten (21) nach innen schiebt, um so den Abstand zwischen den Seitenplatten (21) allmählich zu verkleinern.
     
    4. Montagevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3,
    wobei, wenn sich die Seitenplatten (21) an der vorgegebenen Position befinden, die Seitenplatten (21) senkrecht zu einer oberen Fläche des oberen Gehäuses (20) und einer unteren Fläche des unteren Gehäuses (10) sind.
     
    5. Montagevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4,
    wobei das Gehäuse des Weiteren wenigstens eine Trennplatte (30) umfasst, die eine Unterseite, die zum Montieren an einer unteren Wand des unteren Gehäuses (10) eingerichtet ist, und eine Oberseite hat, die zum Montieren an einer oberen Wand des oberen Gehäuses (20) eingerichtet ist, um so einen Raum zwischen dem unteren Gehäuse (10) und dem oberen Gehäuse (20) in eine Vielzahl von Aufnahmekammern (1) zu unterteilen.
     
    6. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 5, die des Weiteren einen Haltemechanismus (200) umfasst, der so ausgeführt ist, dass er die Trennplatte (30) an einer Position hält, an der die Trennplatte (30) senkrecht zu der unteren Wand des unteren Gehäuses (10) ist.
     
    7. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 6,
    wobei der Haltemechanismus (200) wenigstens ein Paar Klemmfinger (230) umfasst, die jeweils zum Festklemmen der Trennplatte (30) von beiden Seiten derselben eingerichtet sind.
     
    8. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 7,
    wobei der Haltemechanismus (200) des Weiteren einen ersten Bewegungsmechanismus (210) umfasst, der so eingerichtet ist, dass er das wenigstens eine Paar Klemmfinger (230) so bewegt, dass sie sich in einer Richtung parallel zu der Trennplatte (30) bewegen, um so das wenigstens eine Paar Klemmfinger (230) zu der Trennplatte (30) oder von ihr weg zu bewegen.
     
    9. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 8,
    wobei der Haltemechanismus (200) des Weiteren einen zweiten Bewegungsmechanismus (220) umfasst, der so eingerichtet ist, dass er das wenigstens eine Paar Klemmfinger (230) zum Schließen oder Öffnen bewegt, um so die Trennplatte (30) festzuklemmen oder freizugeben.
     
    10. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 8 oder 9,
    wobei der erste Bewegungsmechanismus (210) des Weiteren so eingerichtet ist, dass er die Führungsvorrichtung (310, 320) so bewegt, dass sie sich in einer horizontalen Richtung parallel zu der Trennplatte (30) bewegt, um die Führungsvorrichtung (310, 320) zu der Verriegelung (22) oder von ihr weg zu bewegen.
     
    11. Montagevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 10,
    wobei die erste Führungsfläche (S1) und/oder die zweite Führungsfläche (S2) als eine glatte Bogen-Führungsfläche oder eine glatte Abschrägungs-Führungsfläche ausgebildet sind/ist.
     
    12. Montagevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 3 bis 11,
    wobei die erste Führungsvorrichtung (310) ein starrer Block mit einer Steifigkeit ist, die größer ist als die der Seitenplatten (21), und
    die zweite Führungsvorrichtung (320) eine flexible Platte mit einer Flexibilität ist, die größer ist als die der Seitenplatten (21).
     
    13. Montagevorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 12,
    wobei der Betätigungsmechanismus (100) einen Roboter und eine an dem Roboter angebrachte Vakuum-Ansaugvorrichtung umfasst, und
    die Vakuum-Ansaugvorrichtung zum Aufnehmen des oberen Gehäuses (20) eingerichtet ist, und der Roboter zum Bewegen des durch die Vakuum- Ansaugvorrichtung aufgenommenen oberen Gehäuses (20) eingerichtet ist.
     
    14. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 13,
    wobei eine Vielzahl erster Löcher (23) in dem oberen Gehäuse (20) ausgebildet ist und eine Vielzahl erster Positionierzapfen an dem Betätigungsmechanismus (100) ausgebildet ist, und die Vielzahl erster Positionierzapfen so eingerichtet sind, dass sie jeweils in die erste Vielzahl von Löchern (23) eingeführt werden, um das durch die Vakuum-Ansaugvorrichtung aufgenommene obere Gehäuse (20) zu positionieren.
     
    15. Montagevorrichtung nach Anspruch 14,
    wobei eine Vielzahl zweiter Löcher (13) in dem unteren Gehäuse (10) ausgebildet ist und eine Vielzahl zweiter Positionierzapfen an dem Sockel (400) ausgebildet ist, und
    die Vielzahl zweiter Positionierzapfen so eingerichtet sind, dass sie jeweils in die Vielzahl zweiter Löcher (13) eingeführt werden, um das von dem Sockel (400) getragene untere Gehäuse (10) zu positionieren.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil d'assemblage conçu pour assembler un boîtier de connecteur en tôle mince, le boîtier comprenant un boîtier inférieur (10) et un boîtier supérieur (20), un loquet (12) étant formé sur chaque paroi latérale du boîtier inférieur (10), un ressort de verrouillage (22) étant formé sur chaque plaque latérale (21) du boîtier supérieur (20), et les ressorts de verrouillage (22) étant conçus pour être montés dans les loquets (12) à partir d'un côté intérieur des loquets (12) respectivement, lorsque les plaques latérales (21) du boîtier supérieur (20) sont situées à une position prédéterminée par rapport à la paroi supérieure du boîtier supérieur (20),
    l'appareil d'assemblage comprenant:

    une base (400) configurée pour positionner et supporter le boîtier inférieur (10);

    un mécanisme de fonctionnement (100) conçu pour maintenir et déplacer le boîtier supérieur (20); et

    un dispositif de guidage (310, 320) conçu pour être disposé sur le côté intérieur du loquet (12) et configuré pour guider la plaque latérale (21) vers la position prédéterminée, de sorte que le ressort de verrouillage (22) de la plaque latérale (21) du boîtier supérieur (20) s'insère en douceur dans le loquet (12).


     
    2. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel le dispositif de guidage (310, 320) comprend un premier dispositif de guidage (310) ayant une première surface de guidage (SI) tournée vers le côté intérieur du loquet (12), et
    dans laquelle la première surface de guidage (SI) est conçue pour pousser les plaques latérales (21) vers l'extérieur, de manière à augmenter progressivement la distance entre les plaques latérales (21).
     
    3. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 2,
    dans lequel le dispositif de guidage (310, 320) comprend en outre un second dispositif de guidage (320) ayant une seconde surface de guidage (S2) faisant face au premier dispositif de guidage (310), et
    dans laquelle la seconde surface de guidage (S2) est conçue pour pousser les plaques latérales (21) vers l'intérieur de manière à réduire progressivement la distance entre les plaques latérales (21).
     
    4. Appareil d'assemblage selon l'une des revendications 1 à 3, lorsque les plaques latérales (21) sont situées à la position prédéterminée, les plaques latérales (21) sont perpendiculaires à une surface supérieure du boîtier supérieur (20) et à une surface inférieure du boîtier inférieur (10).
     
    5. Appareil d'assemblage selon l'une des revendications 1 à 4,
    dans lequel le boîtier comprend en outre au moins une plaque de séparation (30) ayant un côté inférieur conçu pour être assemblé à une paroi inférieure du boîtier inférieur (10) et un côté supérieur conçu pour être assemblé à une paroi supérieure du boîtier supérieur (20), de manière à diviser un espace entre le boîtier inférieur (10) et le boîtier supérieur (20) en une pluralité de chambres de réception (1).
     
    6. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre un mécanisme de maintien (200) configuré pour maintenir la plaque de séparation (30) dans une position où la plaque de séparation (30) est perpendiculaire à la paroi inférieure du boîtier inférieur (10).
     
    7. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 6, dans lequel le mécanisme de maintien (200) comprend au moins une paire de doigts de serrage (230), chacun étant conçu pour serrer la plaque de séparation (30) des deux côtés de celle-ci.
     
    8. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 7,
    dans lequel le mécanisme de maintien (200) comprend en outre un premier mécanisme d'entraînement (210) conçu pour entraîner ladite au moins une paire de doigts de serrage (230) à se déplacer dans une direction parallèle à la plaque de séparation (30), de manière à déplacer ladite au moins une paire de doigts de serrage (230) vers ou depuis la plaque de séparation (30).
     
    9. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 8,
    dans lequel le mécanisme de maintien (200) comprend en outre un second mécanisme d'entraînement (220) conçu pour entraîner ladite au moins une paire de doigts de serrage (230) pour fermer ou ouvrir, de manière à serrer ou à libérer la plaque de séparation (30).
     
    10. Appareil d'assemblage selon les revendications 8 ou 9,
    dans lequel le premier mécanisme d'entraînement (210) est en outre conçu pour entraîner le dispositif de guidage (310, 320) à se déplacer dans une direction horizontale parallèle à la plaque de séparation (30), de manière à déplacer le dispositif de guidage (310, 320) vers ou depuis le loquet (22).
     
    11. Appareil d'assemblage selon l'une des revendications 2 à 10,
    dans laquelle la première surface de guidage (SI) et/ou la seconde surface de guidage (S2) est/sont formée(s) comme une surface de guidage en arc lisse ou une surface de guidage en pente lisse.
     
    12. Appareil d'assemblage selon l'une des revendications 3 à 11,
    dans lequel le premier dispositif de guidage (310) est un bloc rigide dont la rigidité est supérieure à celle des plaques latérales (21), et
    dans lequel le second dispositif de guidage (320) est une feuille souple dont la flexibilité est supérieure à celle des plaques latérales (21).
     
    13. Appareil d'assemblage selon l'une des revendications 1 à 12,
    dans lequel le mécanisme de fonctionnement (100) comprend un robot et un dispositif d'adsorption sous vide monté sur le robot, et
    dans lequel le dispositif d'adsorption sous vide est conçu pour prendre le boîtier supérieur (20), et le robot est conçu pour déplacer le boîtier supérieur (20) pris par le dispositif d'adsorption sous vide.
     
    14. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 13,
    dans lequel une pluralité de premiers trous (23) sont formés dans le boîtier supérieur (20), et une pluralité de premiers montants de position sont formés sur le mécanisme de fonctionnement (100), et
    dans lequel la pluralité de poteaux de première position sont conçus pour être insérés dans la première pluralité de trous (23), respectivement, de manière à positionner le boîtier supérieur (20) prélevé par le dispositif d'adsorption sous vide.
     
    15. Appareil d'assemblage selon la revendication 14,
    dans lequel une pluralité de seconds trous (13) sont formés dans le boîtier inférieur (10), et une pluralité de poteaux de seconde position sont formés sur la base (400), et
    dans lequel la pluralité de poteaux de seconde position sont conçus pour être insérés dans la pluralité de seconds trous (13), respectivement, de manière à positionner le boîtier inférieur (10) supporté par la base (400).
     




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