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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.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Westminster, CO
  2. Lafayette, CO
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORP
OSTI Identifier:
867708
Patent Number(s):
4993139
Application Number:
07/502,962
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP03533
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
exchanging; tools; effectors; robot; method; permits; exchange; programmed; task; mechanism; located; reducing; mass; arm; permitting; robots; perform; designated; tasks; simple; spring; collet; mounted; engagement; disengagement; tool; effector; rotational; orientation; interface; changing; umbilical; cords; robot arm; umbilical cord; exchanging tools; /483/901/

Citation Formats

Burry, David B, and Williams, Paul M. System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Burry, David B, & Williams, Paul M. System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot. United States.
Burry, David B, and Williams, Paul M. Tue . "System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867708.
@article{osti_867708,
title = {System for exchanging tools and end effectors on a robot},
author = {Burry, David B and Williams, Paul M},
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.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {2}
}

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