Design Mechanism for Electric Robotic Gripper
Original Publication Date: 1985-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
This article describes a mechanical design for a robot gripper using a frameless motor/encoder, tachometer, homing switches and air tools. The gripper has linear motion provided by parallel shafts with ball screw drives. The electro/mechanical package design of robotic gripper systems presents many constraints that are characteristic of their application to flexible, high precision, and high throughput assembly. The gripper disclosed herein can adapt itself easily to gimbals of all designs that make it ideal for robotic applications. In the drawings, Figs. 1 and 2 are front and end views, respectively, of the present gripper assembly. Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view. The gripper frame structure, as shown in Fig. 3 at 1, 2, 3 and 10, is of aluminum material.