"End-Of-Arm" Gripping Tool for a Robot
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
An "end-of-arm" gripping tool for use with a robot is illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2. The end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) consists basically of a main body with stationary tool tip interfaces 11, 21, 31, and 41; a plurality of moveable tool tip interfaces 1, 2, 3, and 4 with caps 5; gripper interfaces 7 with gear rack housing/caps; a gear rack 9; drive gears with helixes and support housings; two sets of drive rods; guide shafts, bearings and bushings, and follower nut/pins in the moveable tips 3 and 4. The main body 15 contains four slots S, T, X, and Y. These slots allow the gripper interfaces 7 and moveable tool tips 1, 2, 3, and 4 to move (slide) freely. The moveable tip interfaces have a cap 5 above the main body 15 to trap them vertically. The gripper interfaces 7 extend through the main body 15 in slots S and T.