Handler. Disk media. Automated handler for loading and unloading Akebono
mill lathes with aluminum disk blanks for edge chamfer milling. Conveyor accepts
cassettes full of disks, singulates disks, and places and removes disks onto
mill spindle with double end-effector. Linked to mill electronics to simulate
human operator during mill cutting. Double end effector grippers removes risk of
damaging completed disks and increases unload to load time. High speed transport
is accurate at spindle placement to within 0.00025 inches (0.25 mils). Disks
accepted in stacks also, with or without paper separators.
for Adelphi Disk Certifier. Disk media. Automated loader and un-loader for
Adelphi certification units. Full frame unit holds and locates the certifier
spindle. Sliding table accepts an input cassette of disks, and two empty output
cassettes used for sorted disks after certification. Unique pivoting, dual
gripper assembly allows high speed disk-to-disk transfer (<3 seconds) and high
precision spindle placement (1 mil). Alphanumeric display alerts operator to
system loading status. Certified for Class 100 clean room conditions.
Electrically RFI isolated. Complete interface to certifier (certifier software
modified) for pass/fail and sorting operation.
Handler for Accord Serializer. Disk media. Automated
loader, same as above (for Adelphi Certifier), for the Accord disk serializer.
Places disks onto the serializer for physical numbering of disk at ID.
Tape Lapper Handler. Disk media industry. Automated
handler for Seagull disk tape lapper. Accepts conveyor fed 230mm disk cassettes,
singulates disks, and transfers into the lapper. Class 100 clean-room design and
materials. Special controlled motions to eliminate disk banging and handling
damage. Ethernet interface to host computer for bar coded scan tracking of disks
and SPC archived data upload.
Photonic Surface Scanner. Disk media industry. Automated
inspection system to spin a hard disk with retroreflective optical scanner to
detect, chart and record surface anomalies. Uses A/D conversion card in a PC to
acquire massive amount of data. Software compresses data into a visible and
printable chart highlighting specific data areas of interest and computes
process related values. Used in the analysis of disk texturizing and burnishing
operations as related to optical reflectance intensity.
Table. Hard disk media. 5 foot table top nests accept 6 cassettes of hard
disks, bar code scans cassettes and singulates a specific disk up and into a
gripper for ultimate transfer to another process machine or handler. Linear
transfer of disk is very fast and precise. Gold disk standard cassette. Unit
executes host computer commands for unattended operation via GPIB. Class 100
clean room compatible.
Certifier Handler. Hard disk media. Double end effector automated system for
accepting 230mm disks and servicing a Cambrian certification system with
vertical spindle. Interfaces via a host GPIB communications link. Linear
transfer to the far end of the certifier granite for transfer to other
automation. Precision location at spindle. Class 100 clean room compatible.
Loader. Hard disk media. Very large automated system for removing 4
cassettes worth of 130mm diskettes, raising upwards 6 feet, traversing 9 feet
linearly, and lowering the disks into a lubrication tank. The integral tank lid
then separates from the transfer mechanism. Due to lubrication requirement of
ultimate stillness during processing, automation has its own frame structure
surrounding, but not touching, the lube tank. Linear transfer uses large
pneumatic cylinder with special pneumatic cushioning stops for the absolute
ultimate in slow smoothed motion of the disks out of the tank. Provides
interface to lube tank electronics. Class 10 clean room certified and installed.
Loader. Hard disk media. Similar system as above (Luber Loader) but for
different type of tank.
Certifier Automation. Hard disk media. Accepts 6 cassettes and feeds a
certifier. When complete, sorts disks back into cassettes. System of 3 PC AT's
controls the complete certifier interface and is itself controllable fully
automatically by an Ethernet interface. Bar code tracking of cassettes.
Automatic switch over to manual operation and SPC data archival if host computer
recedes. Gold disk test references may be substituted for any cassettes. Class
100 clean room compatible.
Disk Container Batching Transfer Machine. Hard disk media. Same as
above except specially re-designed for 48 and 65mm disks only.
Container Batcher, Simple Model. Hard disk media. Same as above (Disk
Batching Transfer Machine), except only 2 conveyors and no laser bar code
Disk Batcher: 1/4" to 1/2" Slots. Hard disk media. Automated system
loads 25-slot process cassettes with disks spaced at standard 1/4" spacing into
special sputtering cassettes with disk slots spaced at 1/2". Uses comb fixture
to raise every other disk, then pick and transfer to output cassette, then
repeat for remaining disks. Two-pass, fast operation. Conveyor fed. Class 100
clean room compatible.
Batcher: Random to Fully Loaded, Under DI Water. Hard disk media. Accepts
randomly loaded process cassettes, scans for disk locations, then picks and
transfers disks into output cassette, fully loading that cassette. Conveyor and
transfer mechanism works underwater inside a large Plexiglas tank of de ionized
Interface Module Handler. Hard disk industry. Automated handler accepts
Asyst clean room environmental SMIF pods and transfers pods into pod unloading
modules. Very high speed large transfer mechanism travels linearly up to 12 foot
lengths along the pod nest areas to select a pod to be used. Full communication
control via SECSII to pod arms. Linked with host computer for bar code tracking.
Light curtain safety shield implemented.
Spin Coat Luber. Hard disk media. Automated process and handling
machine to singulate a disk onto a spindle, then process the disk using a
precision controlled spin rate pattern to lubricate the surface of the disk.
Proprietary processing parameters and technique. For glass substrate disks.
Texturizer. Hard disk media industry. Processes 4 cassettes of disks and
laser texturizes at a rate of 300-360 UPH.