Automatic Screwdriver to Increase Robot Capability
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
This arrangement provides the additional capability of a power tool, such as a screwdriver, without the necessity of costly additional tool holders or tool changers. Many applications for robots include the capability of picking up a part and inserting or placing the part where it is supposed to go. The part often requires an additional function, such as attachment by screws. To accomplish the screwing function automatically by the same robot, a change of end effector is necessary. This change of tooling function is costly, but more importantly, it slows the assembly operation considerably. This problem can be overcome by using a separate robot to perform the screwing function.