Robot Pneumatic Peripheral Control
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
A technique is described for control of peripheral tooling by an automated robot. The robot is an IBM Robot System/1 using standard gripper hardware. The user attaches custom pads to the supplied grippers which are designed for his application. This article describes two different techniques to reduce the number of tubes and cables attached to peripheral tools used by the robot grippers. In the first technique, pneumatic/vacuum lines are attached to the custom pads (Fig. 1). Currently pneumatic tools are designed with pneumatic tubes attached. These tubes are a process hazard because they must traverse the work envelope. Bringing the pneumatics in the grippers allows all tubes to be brought in along the robot arm, eliminating this hazard.