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Electrostatic feeder for contactless transport of miniature and microparts
Author(s): Ulrich K. Gengenbach; James Charles Boole
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Paper Abstract

Electrostatic forces are omnipresent in everyday life, sometimes a nuisance, such as hairs sticking to the comb, but also a valuable asset in a few technical processes, e.g. the Xerox copy process. Usage of electrostatic forces was so far confined to handling of nanoparticles or biological cells. This paper outlines the development of a device for feeding of Millimeter sized polymer parts by means of electrostatic forces. Starting from a brief assessment of the phenomena that generate electrostatic forces, rules for the design of an electrostatic conveyor are derived. A description of a first prototype is followed by a presentation of the results of the experiments. The paper terminates with a conclusion, that gives perspectives of future work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4194, Microrobotics and Microassembly II, (11 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403705
Show Author Affiliations
Ulrich K. Gengenbach, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany)
James Charles Boole, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4194:
Microrobotics and Microassembly II
Bradley J. Nelson; Jean-Marc Breguet, Editor(s)

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