Automatic Guided Vehicle Fixture Locator
Original Publication Date: 1984-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
The fixture locator is a multi-purpose device used for accurately locating the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) arbors and verifying the position of the AGV. This device, more commonly known as an "AGV Docking Station", has as its primary purpose the ability to accurately locate the arbors of the floating fixture which rides on top of the AGV. The arbors, which carry stacks of 23 full or empty reels of tape, must be accurately located so the various robotic mechanisms can properly align and the stack of reels can be properly transferred from the AGV arbors to the mating arbors on the robotic mechanisms. This device is used at the slitter, the Tape Buffer Carousel and the hub strip operation. The robotic loader unloads full reels from the docking station and loads them on the AGV arbors.