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End-Of-Arm Tooling Flexband Loading Fixture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034914D
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kozol, EJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby an end-of-arm flexband loading fixture accurately removes flexbands from fixed storage trays for positioning onto a staging fixture in the fabrication of print ribbons. The end-of-arm tooling is designed as a fixture to be attached to a robotic arm assembly and consists of main support plate 10, as shown in Fig. 1, robot locking hub 11, actuator 12, gripper 13, actuator 14 for gripper 15, actuator 16 for gripper 17. It is designed so that it (Image Omitted) will pick up flexbands at a three-point location with accurate registration. This accurate registration is required so that it can be positioned onto a staging fixture that has an accurate three-point locating system. A partial view of a loading tray is shown in Fig. 2, with the flexbands staggered as shown.

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End-Of-Arm Tooling Flexband Loading Fixture

A technique is described whereby an end-of-arm flexband loading fixture accurately removes flexbands from fixed storage trays for positioning onto a staging fixture in the fabrication of print ribbons. The end-of-arm tooling is designed as a fixture to be attached to a robotic arm assembly and consists of main support plate 10, as shown in Fig. 1, robot locking hub 11, actuator 12, gripper 13, actuator 14 for gripper 15, actuator 16 for gripper 17. It is designed so that it

(Image Omitted)

will pick up flexbands at a three-point location with accurate registration. This accurate registration is required so that it can be positioned onto a staging fixture that has an accurate three-point locating system. A partial view of a loading tray is shown in Fig. 2, with the flexbands staggered as shown. The robot delivers the tooling arm to a position over the tray whereby the tooling arm is lowered by the robot so as to enable gripper 15 to operate at locating tenon 18. Gripper 17 clamps and locates tenon 19 on the flexband. Gripper 13 clamps and locates flat surface 20 at the far side of the tenons 18 and 19. The flexband is then lifted from the tray and delivered to the staging fixture. The tooling arm is lowered and the flexband is placed and located in the fixture. The tooling arm is returned to position so as to enable the tray to be rotated 180o to pick up the flexband which is positioned opposite to the previously picked...