Automated Kitting or Assembly of Parts and Subassemblies Directly From Shipping Pallets
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A system which is designed to kit or assemble parts or subassemblies directly from shipping pallets is described and illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. It solves the problem of parts presentation and trash removal for a kitting or assembly operation. It is particularly effective for products designed for automation and with relatively low part count. The essential subsystem includes (1) Parts Presentation, (2) Robot, (3) Robot and Kit Transport, and (4) Overall System Control. The Parts Presentation function consists of three elements: the lower power conveyor 10, elevators 11, and upper power belt conveyer 12. The lower conveyer presents full pallets of parts to the elevator. The elevator 11 raises or indexes layers of parts to the working envelope of the robot.