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Automatic Guided Vehicle Fixture Locator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043931D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 104K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kuhlman, JE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The fixture locator is a multi-purpose device used for accurately locating the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) arbors and verifying the position of the AGV. This device, more commonly known as an "AGV Docking Station", has as its primary purpose the ability to accurately locate the arbors of the floating fixture which rides on top of the AGV. The arbors, which carry stacks of 23 full or empty reels of tape, must be accurately located so the various robotic mechanisms can properly align and the stack of reels can be properly transferred from the AGV arbors to the mating arbors on the robotic mechanisms. This device is used at the slitter, the Tape Buffer Carousel and the hub strip operation. The robotic loader unloads full reels from the docking station and loads them on the AGV arbors.

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Automatic Guided Vehicle Fixture Locator

The fixture locator is a multi-purpose device used for accurately locating the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) arbors and verifying the position of the AGV. This device, more commonly known as an "AGV Docking Station", has as its primary purpose the ability to accurately locate the arbors of the floating fixture which rides on top of the AGV. The arbors, which carry stacks of 23 full or empty reels of tape, must be accurately located so the various robotic mechanisms can properly align and the stack of reels can be properly transferred from the AGV arbors to the mating arbors on the robotic mechanisms. This device is used at the slitter, the Tape Buffer Carousel and the hub strip operation. The robotic loader unloads full reels from the docking station and loads them on the AGV arbors. It also unloads empty hubs from the AGV and loads them onto the docking station. The AGV arbors are located by the AGV fixture locator while reels are being transferred. Some of the features of this device are shown in Figs. 1 and 2 as follows: 1. Failsafe mechanism 10. 2. Bar code reader for reading the stack identification on the stack end reel. 3. Whisker switches 12 located at the AGV entry to insure proper AGV tracking during entry. 4. Locating rails 14 for AGV rollers 16 to roll on for properly locating the AGV fixture vertically, left to right, and perpendicularly. 5. Air-actuated locating "V" block 18 which locates the fixture in an "...