Cover Installation and Fastening at Robotic Assembly Station
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
This article describes a robotic assembly station capable of assembling two different products on a single manufacturing line. Each product consists of a rectangular box-type chassis and a cover which must be slid onto the chassis in the hoizontal plane. The chassis and cover are fastened together by driving screws into the rear of the chassis. The two products differ in size, weight and the number of screws required to fasten the cover to the chassis. Each product, however, requires the same general type of cover installation and fastening procedures. The drawing shows the assembly station which consists of three programmable robotic systems and four conveyors working together to select, transport, install, and fasten covers onto the chassis.