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Automatic Cleaning System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036416D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heeb, A: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The system described in this article consists of a transport unit 1 transporting components to be cleaned to a series of cleaning tanks 2 fitted with ultrasonic vibrators. Cleaning tanks 2 are preceded by a tank 3 for precleaning. Transport unit 1 comprises a switch cabinet. In addition, there are supply means 5.

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Automatic Cleaning System

The system described in this article consists of a transport unit 1 transporting components to be cleaned to a series of cleaning tanks 2 fitted with ultrasonic vibrators. Cleaning tanks 2 are preceded by a tank 3 for precleaning. Transport unit 1 comprises a switch cabinet. In addition, there are supply means 5.

Transport unit 1 consists of a robot capable of performing horizontal and vertical movements. The movements are monitored by sensors stopping unit 1 in response to operational faults and issuing a corresponding message to a control means. Slip clutches prevent damage if unit 1 becomes blocked. The system is designed such that further cleaning tanks may be readily added. The operating paths of the robot are not positioned immediately above the tank openings, so that abraded matter is kept from dropping into the tanks. Ramps ensure that transport is effected and decelerated smoothly. The entire system operates in response to requests, i.e., each tank performs its process task, issuing a message to the transport system handling each request according to the assigned priority. If there are no requests to be handled, the robot stops at the point where it was last used. The robot is controlled by a microprocessor installed in the robot's chassis. Data between the robot and stationary control means is exchanged through a wireless transfer system.

Cleaning tanks 2 operate independently of each other. A typical series of process tanks ma...