Apparatus and method of aligning notches using a free-floating r

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198394, 414936, 414938, 414786, B65G 4724




An apparatus and method for aligning indexing notches of disk-shaped members, such as semiconductor wafers, include providing an alignment rod that is driven by another roller to cause rotation of the disk-shaped members. The circumferential surfaces of the alignment rod and the drive roller are in frictional contact. Initially, the disk-shaped members rest upon the alignment rod, so that rotation of the alignment rod causes rotation of the disk-shaped members until indexing notches are seated on the alignment rod. In the preferred embodiment, the seating of the indexing notches transfers at least a portion of the weight of the disk-shaped members to a reciprocating structure, such as a comb member. After all of the indexing notches have been aligned, a second weight transfer occurs, with the reciprocating structure following the contour of the drive roller and the disk-shaped members coming to rest on the drive roller. The disk-shaped members can then be uniformly rotated to locate the notches as desired. In the preferred embodiment, the alignment rod is a free-floating nylon member.

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