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Robot End Effector Quick-Change Arbor With Electrical and Pneumatic Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039339D
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bandy, RL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described in conjunction with the above figures is a device which allows the rapid change of end effectors on a robot, with the electrical and pneumatic connections simultaneously disconnected and reconnected. Fig. 1 shows, in a separated fashion, the quick change arbor and the storage fixture. The arbor comprises a robot-supported base 10 which attaches to the robot arm and is moveable by the robot in a direction indicated by arrow 12. The other portion of the arbor is designated as the attachment 14 and may have any one of several different electrically and/or pneumatically operated devices 16 mounted (Image Omitted) thereon.

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Robot End Effector Quick-Change Arbor With Electrical and Pneumatic Connectors

Described in conjunction with the above figures is a device which allows the rapid change of end effectors on a robot, with the electrical and pneumatic connections simultaneously disconnected and reconnected. Fig. 1 shows, in a separated fashion, the quick change arbor and the storage fixture. The arbor comprises a robot-supported base 10 which attaches to the robot arm and is moveable by the robot in a direction indicated by arrow 12. The other portion of the arbor is designated as the attachment 14 and may have any one of several different electrically and/or pneumatically operated devices 16 mounted

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thereon. In order to change attachments 14 to change devices 16, the "in use" attachment must be disconnected and the "to be used" attachment connected, along with their respective electrical connections 18 and pneumatic connections
20. The attachment 14 may be supported by a storage support 22, one being provided for each attachment 14 used by the particular base 10. The attachment 14 is provided with a locating shaft 24 with a locking groove 26 formed as shown. The locating shaft 24 will fit into a correspondingly located bore 28 in the base
10. Intersecting with the bore 28 is a shaft 30 with a portion removed to permit the locating shaft 24 to pass it upon insertion into bore 28. Shaft 30 is rotatable to lock the locating shaft 24 in place, and to insure that the att...