Parts Handling by Robot
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Normally when a part is to be picked by a robot from a parts feeder, the robot first fetches a required tool from a remote tool holder and then moves the tool to the parts feeder to pick up the part and lastly place it. The arrangement disclosed allows both tool and part to be picked up at the same time, thus reducing the number of moves required by the robot. A vacuum tool is supported by a tool holder above a part waiting to be picked from a parts feeder. When the robot requires the part, it moves to above the tool and then engages and depresses the tool to pick the part. This depression feeds the next component forward from parts queued on a conveyor to a stop.