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Portable Tool for Multiple Part Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044464D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Bosier, MH Smith, GM [+details]

Abstract

Many robot assembly systems require a number of identical parts to be picked up and placed one after the other. An assembly tool includes a portable chute which carries a predetermined number of parts for assembly. When these parts are required for assembly, the tool moves to an assembly station to place the five parts in the desired position. After each part is placed, the next part on the portable chute feeds forward to replace the previously placed part. When the portable chute is empty, the tool takes the portable chute to line up with a fixed feeder chute to replenish the portable chute with another predetermined number of parts. The operation reduces assembly time as compared to single part assembly. Fig.