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Automated Feed and Connection of Belts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042138D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hunt, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article shows and describes a device for separating drive belts, staging them for pick up by robotic manipulator, and installing them. In Fig. 1, a plurality of belts 1 are shown draped over the lead screw 2. As the lead screw rotates counterclockwise, the belts are urged by the threads in the lead screw toward stripper block 3. Block 3 includes staged steps to sequentially separate the belts down to one which can pass in the lead screw thread past the stripper block. Block 3 is further spring loaded down and pivotable about an axis transverse that of lead screw rotation. In the event of a double feed or jam stripper block 3 pivots counterclockwise and makes contact switch 4. Making switch 4 signals the drive means (not shown) to reverse rotation of the lead screw. This action backs up belts until the jam is cleared.

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Automated Feed and Connection of Belts

This article shows and describes a device for separating drive belts, staging them for pick up by robotic manipulator, and installing them. In Fig. 1, a plurality of belts 1 are shown draped over the lead screw 2. As the lead screw rotates counterclockwise, the belts are urged by the threads in the lead screw toward stripper block 3. Block 3 includes staged steps to sequentially separate the belts down to one which can pass in the lead screw thread past the stripper block. Block 3 is further spring loaded down and pivotable about an axis transverse that of lead screw rotation. In the event of a double feed or jam stripper block 3 pivots counterclockwise and makes contact switch 4. Making switch 4 signals the drive means (not shown) to reverse rotation of the lead screw. This action backs up belts until the jam is cleared. Once past stripper block 3 the depth of the thread in lead screw 2 is in deeper and belts are transported to a pick-up station. At the pick-up station the jaws 7 of the robotic manipulator, each of which is provided with an appropriately sized groove 8, grasp a separated belt 1. Grippers hold the belt near one end so that a loop 9, as shown in Fig. 2, is formed. Receiving base plate 10 is provided with pulleys 12 and 14. The manipulator drapes the small loop 9 over pulley 12. The manipulator is controlled so that gripper jaws 7 grasp the belt with a force which allows slippage and move in the direction of a...