Robot Hand Exchange Adapter
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Many advanced robotics applications require the use of different end effectors to accomplish a task. They are changed manually or by complex electro/mechanical techniques and are often not fail safe in the event of an electrical or pneumatic problem. This novel exchange adapter will allow the automatic changing of complex tooling by means of an air-operated fail-safe quick connect disconnect with a repeatable positional accuracy of 2.5 microns (.0001 inch.). It also provides, but is not limited to, two pneumatic/vacuum connections and twenty-five electrical connections with a vertical holding force exceeding 100 lbs. and is applicable to a variety of configurations. The robot hand exchange adapter 1 mounts to the robot by surface 2. Air pressure from the robot enters air cylinder port 3 and causes piston 4 to move down.