Interchangeable Tooling for Robots
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
In the course of assembly using a robot it is often necessary to change the tool held by the robot gripper for another selected from a family of interchangeable tools. Where the operation of the tools relies, as in the present case, on its connection to a vacuum source or supply of air pressure, care must be taken to prevent the air and vacuum hoses connected to the various tools from becoming entangled with each other as the tools are interchanged. By supplying the air and vacuum hoses to the gripper and making connections from the gripper to each individual tool as it is picked up, this requirement is obviated. All the tools available for use during the course of assembly are provided with a common cylindrical body portion 1, as shown in the figure.