End-Of-Arm Tooling Flexband Loading Fixture
Original Publication Date: 1989-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
A technique is described whereby an end-of-arm flexband loading fixture accurately removes flexbands from fixed storage trays for positioning onto a staging fixture in the fabrication of print ribbons. The end-of-arm tooling is designed as a fixture to be attached to a robotic arm assembly and consists of main support plate 10, as shown in Fig. 1, robot locking hub 11, actuator 12, gripper 13, actuator 14 for gripper 15, actuator 16 for gripper 17. It is designed so that it (Image Omitted) will pick up flexbands at a three-point location with accurate registration. This accurate registration is required so that it can be positioned onto a staging fixture that has an accurate three-point locating system. A partial view of a loading tray is shown in Fig. 2, with the flexbands staggered as shown.