Robotic Burn and Test of PROM Modules
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Programmable Read-Only Memory (PROM) modules must be burned (written) with microcode, tested, and labelled. PROM burning is an ideal robotic application because PROMs are designed to be handled by automated equipment, but the existing equipment cannot apply labels. An IBM 7535 Robotic Manufacturing System is connected to a communications port on an IBM Personal Computer (PC). The PC is connected by other ports to the PROM burning equipment. The PC is the manufacturing cell controller. The robot's digital input points are connected to sensors, and its digital outputs are connected to actuators, such as air solenoids. In this way, the PC can control the action within the cell, and react intelligently to a variety of manufacturing problems.