Patent Number: 8,820,512

Title: Workpiece supplying apparatus and workpiece supplying method

Abstract: A workpiece supplying apparatus includes a plurality of carriers, a carrier case, a first gear pair, a guide, and a second gear pair. Each carrier includes a base and a plurality of holding portions, which project from a surface of the base. The holding portions are arranged in a one-dimensional manner and each hold workpieces. The carrier case accommodates the carriers. The first gear pair draws out each carrier from the carrier case toward a workpiece unloading position along a drawing direction. The guide guides the carrier drawn out by the first gear pair in a direction that differs from the drawing direction while bending the carrier so that its rear surface is located at an inner side. The second gear pair collects the carrier guided by the guide.

Inventors: Sugiura; Shinya (Kosai, JP), Sugiura; Hiroki (Toyohashi, JP)

Assignee: Asmo Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B65G 37/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018