Robotic Air Driver
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
There is shown and described an automatic screwdriver directly compatible with a light duty robotic assembly. This air-powered device weighs less than one pound and is under four inches long. It is particularly suited for use with the IBM 7565 Manufacturing System, a highly precise manipulator. The device shown in the figures solves problems associated with commercially available air drivers. Such drivers weigh approximately two pounds. This weight consumes a significant portion of the robot's payload capacity. The nine-inch length of a standard driver prohibits locating the driver directly between the grippers of the manipulator for so doing would place the driver tip at least six inches from the grippers.