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Work-Around Station for Modular, Nonsynchronous Automated Assembly Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046993D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Birdsall, IP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Schematically depicted above is a portion of a modular, nonsynchronous, automated assembly line containing two conveying modules 10 and 12 and an automated work station module 14 with robot 16. In the event of a failure by robot 16, a modular, portable work-around station can be attached to the line. The work-around station includes conveying sections 18 and 20 and a manual work station 22. The work-around module can be utilized at all stations. The work-around station is attached to the line by moving conveying sections 18 and 20 up against conveying sections 10 and 12. Guide rail 24 on conveying section 10 may be pivoted to direct workpieces onto conveying module 18. Alternatively, guide rail 20 may be flexible rather than pivoting.

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Work-Around Station for Modular, Nonsynchronous Automated Assembly Line

Schematically depicted above is a portion of a modular, nonsynchronous, automated assembly line containing two conveying modules 10 and 12 and an automated work station module 14 with robot 16. In the event of a failure by robot 16, a modular, portable work-around station can be attached to the line. The work-around station includes conveying sections 18 and 20 and a manual work station 22. The work-around module can be utilized at all stations. The work-around station is attached to the line by moving conveying sections 18 and 20 up against conveying sections 10 and 12. Guide rail 24 on conveying section 10 may be pivoted to direct workpieces onto conveying module 18. Alternatively, guide rail 20 may be flexible rather than pivoting. In either event, one end of the guide rail 24 remains attached to conveyor 10, while the other end is attached to conveyor 18 to shift the path of the workpieces. Modular section 22 is the one section in the above system that is not constantly driven. Section 22 is driven only under operator control by operators at the work-around table 26. Manual work-around table 26 may be set up for one or more persons, depending on the complexity of the work to be done. After an operator has performed the operations on the workpiece previously performed by robot 16, the operator places the workpiece back on manual conveyor 22 and activates conveyor 22 to move the workpiece o...