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End-Of-Arm Tool to Insert Drive and Idler Gears

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037364D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 131K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cole, WF: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes an end-of-arm tool which is attached to a robot arm to insert drive and idler gears into a ribbon housing.

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End-Of-Arm Tool to Insert Drive and Idler Gears

This article describes an end-of-arm tool which is attached to a robot arm to insert drive and idler gears into a ribbon housing.

Fig. 1 is a front view partly in section of the end-of-arm tool disclosed herein. Fig. 2 is a side view. Fig. 3 is a top view of a pallet fixture that holds the ribbon housing and shows the ribbon flex band. The tool consists of the following:

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A. MAIN SUPPORT BRACKET

B. ACTUATOR I

C. CUSTOM INTERNAL CLAMPING CHUCK

D. CUSTOM EXTERNAL CLAMPING CHUCK

E. ACTUATOR II

F. ROBOT ACTUATOR SHAFT

In operation, sensors (not shown) in the feed track system sense that the ribbon drive gear and idler gear are located in their proper position in the locator nests (not shown). The robot actuator shaft F (Fig. 1) is energized to lower and pick up the gears, one on the inside diameter and the other on the outside diameter. Actuator I B and Actuator II E are energized and the gears are clamped onto the end-of- arm tool. The robot raises and moves to the pallet fixture carrying the ribbon housing (Fig. 3). The robot moves into a programmed position and inserts the drive gear into one side of the ribbon housing journals. Actuator II E is de-engerized and the drive gear is unclamped.

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The robot moves up and rotates 180 degrees. The robot again moves to a programmed position and inserts the idler gear into the other side of the ribbon housing journals. Actuator I E is de-energized...