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Automated Kitting or Assembly of Parts and Subassemblies Directly From Shipping Pallets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062034D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Burghart, AV: AUTHOR

Abstract

A system which is designed to kit or assemble parts or subassemblies directly from shipping pallets is described and illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. It solves the problem of parts presentation and trash removal for a kitting or assembly operation. It is particularly effective for products designed for automation and with relatively low part count. The essential subsystem includes (1) Parts Presentation, (2) Robot, (3) Robot and Kit Transport, and (4) Overall System Control. The Parts Presentation function consists of three elements: the lower power conveyor 10, elevators 11, and upper power belt conveyer 12. The lower conveyer presents full pallets of parts to the elevator. The elevator 11 raises or indexes layers of parts to the working envelope of the robot.

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Automated Kitting or Assembly of Parts and Subassemblies Directly From Shipping Pallets

A system which is designed to kit or assemble parts or subassemblies directly from shipping pallets is described and illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. It solves the problem of parts presentation and trash removal for a kitting or assembly operation. It is particularly effective for products designed for automation and with relatively low part count. The essential subsystem includes (1) Parts Presentation, (2) Robot, (3) Robot and Kit Transport, and (4) Overall System Control. The Parts Presentation function consists of three elements: the lower power conveyor 10, elevators 11, and upper power belt conveyer 12. The lower conveyer presents full pallets of parts to the elevator. The elevator 11 raises or indexes layers of parts to the working envelope of the robot. The upper belt conveyer 12 removes empty pallets, trash, and skids from the kitting area for automatic disposal. The Robot 15 has a working envelope - approximately 6 ft x 6 ft x 3 ft. It can operate on 4 axes - x, y, z, roll and includes special sensing which may be visual and/or tactile. The Transport System consists of a base 17 which supports the robot and holds kitting or assembly pallets 18. It is powered and programmed to sequence the robot and pallets along the track adjacent to the parts presentation elevators 11. The Overall System Control includes an appropriate computer and control program plus the necessary in...