Accession Number : ADA134237

Title :   Grippers for an Unmanned Forging Cell.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Cutkosky,Mark R ; Kurokawa,Eiki

PDF Url : ADA134237

Report Date : Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The following report describes the design and construction of two grippers for use in a flexible unmanned forging operation. The forging operation employs two large industrial robots, one to load and unload billets from a furnace at over 2000 deg F and a second to remove the forged pieces from a forging machine and present them to a gaging station for inspection. The gripper for the first robot uses special materials and a water cooled shell to withstand the very high temperatures it encounters. It employs a number of sensors to monitor temperatures and loading conditions. The second gripper is an especially flexible design, suited to a wide variety of irregular shapes. The gripper jaws are articulated to conform to the rough forgings produced by the cell. Once the jaws are fully closed they are locked in a place so that the orientation of the part is preserved. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Robots, *Forging, *Industrial production, Furnaces, Loading(Handling), Unloading, Robotics, Operational effectiveness, Efficiency, Optimization, Manufacturing, Flexible structures, Swaging, Mechanical engineering, Inspection, Clamps

Subject Categories : Fabrication Metallurgy
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE