Turning Mechanism for Robotic Systems
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
This mechanism serves to handle workpieces that are to be turned about their longitudinal axis. The fingers 3, 4 of a robotic gripper 1, fixed to a manipulator by means of a plug 2, are equipped with a turning element 5 and a counter support 6, respectively, which are both rotatably mounted on the lower ends of fingers 3, 4 and are preferably provided with friction surfaces 7. A drive system 8, such as a fluid cylinder 9, acting on a driving rod 10 through a rack 11 and a pair of gears 12, is connected to turning element 5 for turning a workpiece, clamped between element 5 and support 6, through a maximum angle of 180Œ. Instead of the fluid drive, other drive systems, such an electromagnetic drive, are equally conceivable.