Interchangeable Tools for Robot Grippers
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
Each of a variety of different application tools has a tool part with accurate nest surfaces on opposite sides for engagement by complementary members on fingers of a robot gripper, which fingers can be moved towards or away from each other to grip or release the tool. A tool park contains a plurality of application tools at predetermined positions within the range of the gripper of a robot. Each tool 1 (of which only one is shown) has a tool part 2 of generally rectangular cross section. Two opposite faces of the part 2 have recessed accurate nest surfaces 3, one of which (not shown) includes air and vacuum connections to internal passages leading to application positions on the tool (or closed off, if not needed).