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Robot for Installing a Motor in A Diskette Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045578D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Daniels, GW: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Shown above is a schematic diagram of a robotic work station for installing the head access drive motor in a diskette drive. The frame 10 of the diskette drive is moved to the work station 12 by conveyor 14. At the work station, stepping motor lf is inserted into the frame, positioned to tension the belt it drives, and fastened down, all automatically.

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Robot for Installing a Motor in A Diskette Drive

Shown above is a schematic diagram of a robotic work station for installing the head access drive motor in a diskette drive. The frame 10 of the diskette drive is moved to the work station 12 by conveyor 14. At the work station, stepping motor lf is inserted into the frame, positioned to tension the belt it drives, and fastened down, all automatically.

In operation, the frame 10 of the diskette drive is brought by conveyor 14 into the work station 12. Prior to this work station the head indexing mechanism (not shown) and the belt (not shown) between the indexing mechanism and stepping motor 16 being installed are already in place in the drive frame. The belt is held in place to receive motor 16 by clips (not shown). Arm 18 is articulated so that it may pick motor 16 to be installed from motors on X-Y table 20. The table is movable in two dimensions so that the motor to be picked will be in the same position for arm 18 each time.

After motor 16 has been picked from table 20 by gripper head 22 on arm 18 of the robot, the motor is swung to a position perpendicular to the frame by arm
18. Stepper motor 24 moves arm 18 via slide 28 until motor 16 is aligned for insertion into frame 10. When the motor is aligned, stepping motor 26 moves slide 30 to insert motor 16 into frame 10.

As the motor goes into the frame, its shaft passes inside the belt connected to the indexing mechanism on the drive. The motor-mount bolts attac...