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Robot Pneumatic Peripheral Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043105D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Frohlich, JG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is described for control of peripheral tooling by an automated robot. The robot is an IBM Robot System/1 using standard gripper hardware. The user attaches custom pads to the supplied grippers which are designed for his application. This article describes two different techniques to reduce the number of tubes and cables attached to peripheral tools used by the robot grippers. In the first technique, pneumatic/vacuum lines are attached to the custom pads (Fig. 1). Currently pneumatic tools are designed with pneumatic tubes attached. These tubes are a process hazard because they must traverse the work envelope. Bringing the pneumatics in the grippers allows all tubes to be brought in along the robot arm, eliminating this hazard.

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Robot Pneumatic Peripheral Control

A technique is described for control of peripheral tooling by an automated robot. The robot is an IBM Robot System/1 using standard gripper hardware. The user attaches custom pads to the supplied grippers which are designed for his application. This article describes two different techniques to reduce the number of tubes and cables attached to peripheral tools used by the robot grippers. In the first technique, pneumatic/vacuum lines are attached to the custom pads (Fig. 1). Currently pneumatic tools are designed with pneumatic tubes attached. These tubes are a process hazard because they must traverse the work envelope. Bringing the pneumatics in the grippers allows all tubes to be brought in along the robot arm, eliminating this hazard. Using this technique, when a tool is picked up by the grippers, the pneumatic supply line(s) will be coupled from the pads to the tool via an O-ring seal. The grippers will shut to a sufficient force to effect a proper seal. The pneumatic supply line will be hooked up to a solenoid controlled by the robot computer system, allowing the robot to activate the tool as required. In the second technique, electric wires are attached to the custom pads (Fig. 2). Currently, electric tools are designed with electric wires attached. These wires are a process hazard because they must traverse the work envelope. Bringing the power to the grippers allows all wires to be brought in along the robot arm, elimin...