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Sliding Control Console for Robotic Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045163D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brady, WA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Robotic machines by necessity are equipped with an operating console, which contains a set of operating push buttons, switches, and lights. Mounting the control console at a fixed location on the machine frame may, for some operations of the machine, be inconvenient or undesirable. The machine operator may wish to have the control console and pendant control located at a different area of the machine at different times.

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Sliding Control Console for Robotic Machine

Robotic machines by necessity are equipped with an operating console, which contains a set of operating push buttons, switches, and lights. Mounting the control console at a fixed location on the machine frame may, for some operations of the machine, be inconvenient or undesirable. The machine operator may wish to have the control console and pendant control located at a different area of the machine at different times.

This can be accomplished by mounting the control console 10, with pendant 12 attached, to any machine rail, probably the foremost, or front beam member 14, as shown in Fig. 1. By incorporating two sets of linear or sliding bearings 16 as part of the console 10 assembly, the console may be mounted on two compatible bearing shafts 18, and these bearing shafts then mounted to the machine frame, by such brackets and hardware as required. The control console 10, when installed on these bearing shafts 81, will have the capability of being freely moved from one end of the machine to the other. If the machine operator is required to move about the machine in his work, he has the option to have the operating console close at hand. This can be an important safety feature, as one of the console buttons is "EMERGENCY OFF", which will shut down power to the machine.

The operating console 10, being mounted on low friction type linear bearings 16, and having the capability of being easily moved along the bearing rails 18, allows the operator, when using the hand held pendant control 12, to walk about the machine and 'tow' the control console along the sliding rails. This system allows the pendant control to be coupled to the console by a short, coiled electrical cord 20 similar to types used on telephones.

The advantages of a short coiled cord is that It presents no tripping hazard, as a long cord capable of reaching across the mach...