Gripper and Grip for Manipulators
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
The disclosed gripper/grip pair utilizes the gripping force developed by a material pair available commercially under the name VELCRO*. One part of the VELCRO pair is a substantially planar and regular array of plastic hooks, while the other part is a planar quasi-random assembly of plastic loops. A VELCRO part 11, the gripper, has its backing 12 attached to the arm 13 of assembly 10 affixed to the manipulator working face. A plunger 14 axially movable into arm 13 assists in engagement and disengagement of the VELCRO pair. A region 15 around plunger 14 in the VELCRO part 11 is removed, exposing VELCRO backing 12. The other VELCRO part 21, the grip, has its backing 22 attached to an object 23 of an object assembly 20. A region 24, corresponding to region 15, is removed from VELCRO part 21, exposing its backing 22.