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Mass Parts Dispenser for a Robot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061183D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schaefer, JO: AUTHOR

Abstract

A device handles a plurality of small parts, preferably similar parts, for sequential assembly by a robot rather than the robot having to obtain each part separately from a feeder track or tray, for example, and then install each part. A dispenser 1 mass handles several small and preferably similar parts for assembly at a work station. The dispenser 1 includes a pistol-shaped tool 2 having a cylinder 3 rotatably mounted thereon through being mounted on a shaft 4, which is supported on a hollow tube 5 of the tool 2. The cylinder 3 has a plurality of equally angularly spaced passages 6 extending therethrough to receive parts to be dispensed by the device 1.

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Mass Parts Dispenser for a Robot

A device handles a plurality of small parts, preferably similar parts, for sequential assembly by a robot rather than the robot having to obtain each part separately from a feeder track or tray, for example, and then install each part. A dispenser 1 mass handles several small and preferably similar parts for assembly at a work station. The dispenser 1 includes a pistol-shaped tool 2 having a cylinder 3 rotatably mounted thereon through being mounted on a shaft 4, which is supported on a hollow tube 5 of the tool 2. The cylinder 3 has a plurality of equally angularly spaced passages 6 extending therethrough to receive parts to be dispensed by the device 1. Constraining means (not shown) hold each of the parts within the passages 6 until each part is pushed therefrom by a pusher 7 of a screwdriver-pusher 8, which is mounted on the tool 2. The tool 2 is positioned at a station at which parts are loaded into the passages 6. The cylinder 3 is indexed to a load position by an index cylinder 9, which is controlled by a pneumatic signal through a flexible tube 10. After the cylinder 3 is loaded, the tool 2 is gripped by a gripper 11 and transported to a station at which the parts are to be inserted sequentially by the screwdriver-pusher 8. At this location, the screwdriver-pusher 8 is activated by a pneumatic signal through a flexible tube 12 to simultaneously push and turn a part 13, such as a screw, for example, through the hollow tube...