Universal Transfer Tooling Device for Robotic Application
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A mechanical device for robotic application allows the automatic changing of gripping equipment. The device works as follows. As seen in the drawing, a robotic arm 1, which is fixed to a gripper mechanism 2, actuates downward on a z axis to grasp a transfer tool 3. The robotic arm 1 grasps the transfer tool 3 by means of pins 4 which attach to the gripper mechanism 2 when fully inserted into bushings 5. A locking assembly (not shown) ensures that the pins 4 are retained during movement. The transfer tool 3 is attached to tooling of choice, i. e., single part tooling or mass transfer tooling, and can be changed by releasing the locking assembly and moving upward on the z axis to separate from the tool. Another tool is selected, and the locking assembly secures the pins 4 of that tool and is ready for use.