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Self Supporting Inverted Cable and Hose Carrier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045750D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Frye, CS: AUTHOR

Abstract

A manipulator requires electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, etc., connections between the movable arms and an interface. These cables and hoses, especially in the case of a pair of arms in the same frame, must be positioned so as not to interfere with arm movement and each other. Care must be taken that the connectors do not wear during movement.

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Self Supporting Inverted Cable and Hose Carrier

A manipulator requires electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, etc., connections between the movable arms and an interface. These cables and hoses, especially in the case of a pair of arms in the same frame, must be positioned so as not to interfere with arm movement and each other. Care must be taken that the connectors do not wear during movement.

The figure shows a self supporting arrangement for the cables and hoses 1 which allows two arms 4 and 6 in the same frame without interference of cable and hose carriers 7a and 7b.

The carrier 7a is oriented with one end attached to an interface 2 and the other end attached to the moving arm 4 at interface 9. The carrier is flexible in one direction only, as shown.

In the case of a two-arm feature, the carrier 7b is mounted in an opposite, right-hand arrangement with interfaces at 3 and 5. A central, common interface 8 is provided for terminating the cables and hoses 1.

The flexible direction of the carriers 7a and 7b is down at the ends forming an arch, as shown. The non-flexible direction is up at the ends forming a non- sagging length and, thus, is self supporting.

This inverse carrier-mounting arrangement continues to be self supporting while eliminating many interference problems.

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