Universal Multi-Axis Robot Mechanism
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A technique is described whereby a universal multi-axis robotic mechanism consists of four drive units, a vertical motion drive system, a horizontal rotational 'waist' drive system, a shoulder drive system and a telescopic arm assembly. Also, the design is so constructed that it can be used in clean room type of applications by utilizing smooth lines and no protrusions so as to prevent the accumulation of dust particulates. The units are designed to be individually field replaceable. The mechanism operates on 24 VDC, so as to alleviate any high voltage safety problems. The four drive units which make up the universal multi-axis robotic mechanism, as shown in Fig. 1, consist of vertical drive assembly 10, horizontal rotational 'waist' drive assembly 11, shoulder drive assembly 12 and telescoping arm assembly 13.