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Robot Adjustable Tool Carrier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046544D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kelly, DJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Orienting a knob-adjustable tool carrier, such as a camera-positioning arm, in the appropriate juxtaposition to a robot gripper hand, permits the gripper hand to be used to adjust the knob-adjustable tool carrier by manipulating the knobs. Figs. 1 and 2 show the camera mounting and adjustment mechanism. The robot includes positioning mechanisms 1-3 and gripper 4. The positioning mechanism carries tool-positioning mechanism 5 which holds camera 6. Robot gripper 4 can adjust camera 6 under program control to almost any orientation by turning knobs 7 and 8. Each knob has a one to one ratio to facilitate programming. Knob 7 is a direct drive shaft through housing 5, and knob 8 is gear driven. The robot gripper need be rotated only 8Πto go from one knob to the other.

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Robot Adjustable Tool Carrier

Orienting a knob-adjustable tool carrier, such as a camera-positioning arm, in the appropriate juxtaposition to a robot gripper hand, permits the gripper hand to be used to adjust the knob-adjustable tool carrier by manipulating the knobs. Figs. 1 and 2 show the camera mounting and adjustment mechanism. The robot includes positioning mechanisms 1-3 and gripper 4. The positioning mechanism carries tool-positioning mechanism 5 which holds camera 6. Robot gripper 4 can adjust camera 6 under program control to almost any orientation by turning knobs 7 and 8. Each knob has a one to one ratio to facilitate programming. Knob 7 is a direct drive shaft through housing 5, and knob 8 is gear driven. The robot gripper need be rotated only 8OE to go from one knob to the other. Clamp 1 can be mounted on any robot with a square guide and support beam 2, either vertically or horizontally. It is relieved to distribute the clamping pressure on the edges of the beam only, thereby avoiding the possibility of bending or distorting any clamping surface. It can be lengthened or shortened with spacers to accommodate robots with a different specification for the dimension of the gripper 4. Support arm 3 is made in an arc to allow freedom of movement for the gripper
4. It has the additional benefit of adding rigidity to the assembly. Advantages of the camera mounting are: 1. The camera can be turned to any arbitrary orientation dynamically by programming the...