A Quick-Release Coupling for an End of Arm Tool Cooling Tube
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-20
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A quick-release coupling between an end of arm tool (EOAT) tube and an EOAT plate. The coupling comprises a mounting ring disposed within a bore in the plate, an end of the EOAT tube configured as a spigot and a complementary spigot bore within the mounting ring and a plurality of spring-biased detent balls and complementary groove disposed on the EOAT tube. The detent balls are configured to be retractably extensible into the spigot bore such that when the tube is properly seated, the circumferential groove receives the extended detent balls, whereby the intimate fit in combination with the force exerted by the springs holds the tube in place.