Automatic Tool Changing on Robot Servo-Gripper
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
When using robots for assembling parts, such as electronic components, it is necessary that the gripper of the manipulator of the robot be able to grasp parts of different shapes and weights. To this end, it was proposed in the past to use grippers with a plurality of pairs of jaws, with each pair designed to grasp a given part, the plurality of pairs of jaws being mounted on a turret which can be rotated so as to bring a predetermined pair of jaws into its operative position. (Image Omitted) Such turret structures are heavy and cumbersome, and, moreover, do not make it possible to take full advantage of the capabilities of the robot.