Variable-Pitch Mechanical Gripper
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
A technique is described whereby the mechanical gripper of the IBM 7535 robot is utilized along with a variable-pitch mechanical gripper to enable the gripper to pick up multiple parts, spaced at one set of center lines and inserted into a packaging nest having a different set of center lines. In prior art, capsules 1, as shown in the figure, were manually removed from plastic puck 2 and placed into nest 3. Plastic puck 2 is conveyed from an automatic filling and capping machine, so that no modifications were possible to that device. To enable the IBM 7535 robot to automatically load packaging nests 3 with capsules 1, a multiple gripping device was developed.