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Title: System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot

Abstract

A system and method for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot permits exchange during a programmed task. The exchange mechanism is located off the robot, thus reducing the mass of the robot arm and permitting smaller robots to perform designated tasks. A simple spring/collet mechanism mounted on the robot is used which permits the engagement and disengagement of the tool or end effector without the need for a rotational orientation of the tool to the end effector/collet interface. As the tool changing system is not located on the robot arm no umbilical cords are located on robot. 12 figures.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7084171
Patent Number(s):
4993139 A
Application Number:
PPN: US 7-502962
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP03533
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2 Apr 1990
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; ROBOTS; TOOLS; INSTALLATION; OPERATION; WEIGHT; EQUIPMENT; 420203* - Engineering- Handling Equipment & Procedures

Citation Formats

Burry, D B, and Williams, P M. System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Burry, D B, & Williams, P M. System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot. United States.
Burry, D B, and Williams, P M. Tue . "System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot". United States.
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abstractNote = {A system and method for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot permits exchange during a programmed task. The exchange mechanism is located off the robot, thus reducing the mass of the robot arm and permitting smaller robots to perform designated tasks. A simple spring/collet mechanism mounted on the robot is used which permits the engagement and disengagement of the tool or end effector without the need for a rotational orientation of the tool to the end effector/collet interface. As the tool changing system is not located on the robot arm no umbilical cords are located on robot. 12 figures.},
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