Accession Number : ADD010459

Title :   Flat Workpiece Pickup.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Ennis,Gerald E ; Colombo,Mario , Jr

Report Date : 12 Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Apparatus for picking up a flat workpiece from a flat surface by an industrial robot where vacuum and magnetic devices are not practicable. A tined end-effector is plunged into a unique compliant surface formed of upstanding bristle-like elements with the workpiece being positioned thereon. The end-effector is moved under the workpiece which is then rigidily grasped and lifted off the surface without disturbing the original orientation and presented at the goal site.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Robots, *Manipulators, *Industrial equipment, Positioning devices(Machinery), Plates, Loading(Handling), Supports, Magnetic devices

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE