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Flexible Load And Retrieve Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100195D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Radzik, EP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an apparatus for loading and retrieving objects in a minimum space. This apparatus is used in automated areas under manual or computer control. (Image Omitted)

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Flexible Load And Retrieve Mechanism

       Disclosed is an apparatus for loading and retrieving
objects in a minimum space.  This apparatus is used in automated
areas under manual or computer control.

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      Object 1 has the socket assembly 2 attached.  The ball 3 and
tie bar 4 provide the connection to the object.  A notched timing
belt 5 will travel in the rail 6 as it moves the object 1.  Notched
belt pulley 7 provides the drive for the notched belt 5 in the rail
6.  A notched belt storage unit 8 holds the unused portion.  A sensor
9 provides the sensing for computer control.  A hardstop 10 stops the
object 1 at the outer limit.

      The operation is as follows:  The notched belt pulley 7 drives
the belt 5 down the rail 6 and the ball 3 couples to the socket
2. The object 1 moves to the load position and the sensor 9 stops the
drive.  If the object 1 is to be uncoupled it must be held in place
and the pulley direction reversed, pulling the ball 3 out of the
socket 2.  The unload operation is to drive the belt 5 down the rail
6 pushing the ball 3 into the socket 2 and reverse the direction of
the drive pulley 7 pulling the object 1 into the unload position.  As
the object 1 contacts the hardstop 10 it will stop.  The belt 5 will
continue, uncoupling the ball 3 from the socket 2.  The sensor 9 then
stops the drive.