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Portable Tool for Multiple Part Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044464D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bosier, MH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Many robot assembly systems require a number of identical parts to be picked up and placed one after the other. An assembly tool includes a portable chute which carries a predetermined number of parts for assembly. When these parts are required for assembly, the tool moves to an assembly station to place the five parts in the desired position. After each part is placed, the next part on the portable chute feeds forward to replace the previously placed part. When the portable chute is empty, the tool takes the portable chute to line up with a fixed feeder chute to replenish the portable chute with another predetermined number of parts. The operation reduces assembly time as compared to single part assembly. Fig.

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Portable Tool for Multiple Part Assembly

Many robot assembly systems require a number of identical parts to be picked up and placed one after the other. An assembly tool includes a portable chute which carries a predetermined number of parts for assembly. When these parts are required for assembly, the tool moves to an assembly station to place the five parts in the desired position. After each part is placed, the next part on the portable chute feeds forward to replace the previously placed part. When the portable chute is empty, the tool takes the portable chute to line up with a fixed feeder chute to replenish the portable chute with another predetermined number of parts. The operation reduces assembly time as compared to single part assembly. Fig. 1 shows a tool 1 consisting of a vacuum chuck 2 to suit the part to be handled sliding in a sleeve 3 against a spring 4 and prevented from rotating in sleeve 3 by a pin 5 in a slot. A portable chute 6 is fixed to the sleeve 3 to carry five components 7, which in turn slide into the assembly position 8. The component ready for assembly rests on two spring-loaded guides 9 which are continuations of the portable chute 6 guides. To assemble a component at an assembly station, the whole tool 1 is moved vertically downwards until the bottom of sleeve 3 contacts the assembly area. Vacuum chuck 2 then slides through sleeve 3, picks up the component at 8, pushes aside spring-loaded guides 9, and inserts it into the assembly....