Pick-Up Device for Robotic Use
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
The device illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 is used with a robot to pick up and sort stacks of magnetic recording disks. For the robot to handle such a task, a gripper is needed that meets two requirements. First, the gripper must pick up only the top disk on the stack, and second, the gripper must determine where the top disk is located since the stacks vary in height. The gripper assembly is a simple tactile sensor that bolts onto the robot. The gripper has two members. The flexing member 4 is a flat piece of spring steel with a vacuum cup 5 mounted on the end. A flag 6 also attaches to the spring, opposite vacuum cup 5. The stationary member 7 sits above the spring and holds two switches: a U- shaped optical switch 8 and a limit switch 9.