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Automatic Robotic Computer Controlled Batch Plating

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051702D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gasparri, AS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Variable batch plating apparatus is described that incorporates a computer-controlled robotic manipulator system such as that described in the U. S. Patent 4,132,318. That patent, as well as the U. S. Patent 3,948,093, describes the control of linear movement of a manipulator arm and rotational movement in various directions of a hand or gripper incorporated as an integral part of the manipulator arm, the gripper comprising two fingers. Sensor devices including strain gauges and Wheatstone bridge circuitry are provided to supply feedback signals representative of forces and movements applied in predetermined directions on the fingers.

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Automatic Robotic Computer Controlled Batch Plating

Variable batch plating apparatus is described that incorporates a computer- controlled robotic manipulator system such as that described in the U. S. Patent 4,132,318. That patent, as well as the U. S. Patent 3,948,093, describes the control of linear movement of a manipulator arm and rotational movement in various directions of a hand or gripper incorporated as an integral part of the manipulator arm, the gripper comprising two fingers. Sensor devices including strain gauges and Wheatstone bridge circuitry are provided to supply feedback signals representative of forces and movements applied in predetermined directions on the fingers. The advantages include the elimination of manual handling and the exposure of personnel to fumes and acids, and computer control of the process including temperature, acidic levels and other factors.

Robotic structures with multiple manipulators (arms) and a multiple manipulators (arms) and a computer that may be incorporated as an integral part of the supporting structures used to automate the batch plating. The computer program controls the robotic manipulators so they will immerse racks of parts in appropriate tanks in timed sequence, retract the racks and proceed to other designated tanks, remove the racks after predetermined time intervals, and transfer them to the next designated tanks. A large number of racks would ordinarily be utilized, but only a few racks are shown in F...