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Vacuum-Operated Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042041D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
MacWilliams, D Rigbey, LJ [+details]

Abstract

A set of vacuum-operated tools for use in robotic assembly apparatus is specially designed such that each tool picks up two different components at a time and maintains them correctly positioned with respect to one another during transportation to an assembly station where they are fitted simultaneously onto their associated receiving components. The shape of the body portion, common to all tools, is as shown in the three sectioned views of Fig. 1 and employs the same principle as that of the tooling described in [*]. Thus the tool post 1 is provided with a flange 2 having a flat surface 3 which co-acts in use with specially constructed gripper fingers (not shown) used to pick-up and ensure alignment of the tool.