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Universal Transfer Tooling Device for Robotic Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039948D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Biasillo, A: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A mechanical device for robotic application allows the automatic changing of gripping equipment. The device works as follows. As seen in the drawing, a robotic arm 1, which is fixed to a gripper mechanism 2, actuates downward on a z axis to grasp a transfer tool 3. The robotic arm 1 grasps the transfer tool 3 by means of pins 4 which attach to the gripper mechanism 2 when fully inserted into bushings 5. A locking assembly (not shown) ensures that the pins 4 are retained during movement. The transfer tool 3 is attached to tooling of choice, i. e., single part tooling or mass transfer tooling, and can be changed by releasing the locking assembly and moving upward on the z axis to separate from the tool. Another tool is selected, and the locking assembly secures the pins 4 of that tool and is ready for use.

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Universal Transfer Tooling Device for Robotic Application

A mechanical device for robotic application allows the automatic changing of gripping equipment. The device works as follows. As seen in the drawing, a robotic arm 1, which is fixed to a gripper mechanism 2, actuates downward on a z axis to grasp a transfer tool 3. The robotic arm 1 grasps the transfer tool 3 by means of pins 4 which attach to the gripper mechanism 2 when fully inserted into bushings 5. A locking assembly (not shown) ensures that the pins 4 are retained during movement. The transfer tool 3 is attached to tooling of choice, i. e., single part tooling or mass transfer tooling, and can be changed by releasing the locking assembly and moving upward on the z axis to separate from the tool. Another tool is selected, and the locking assembly secures the pins 4 of that tool and is ready for use. The locking assembly is a positive lock that operates on high air pressure to prevent the tool from moving during transit. The high air pressure, as well as the vacuum to release lock, is transferred from gripper 2 to tool 3.

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