Two opposing pistons share a common bore inside the gripper. Outside, there are two slides or jaws with drilled and tapped holes for custom tooling attachment. Secured to the bottom of each jaw, a trans pin runs perpendicularly through the axis of the piston and into a cavity that houses a removable gripper-synchronizing component called Sync LinkTM.
When installed, Sync Link engages the trans pin using two parallel slots. As the Sync Link rocks around its pivot point, it allows synchronous, self-centering motion of each slide that is repeatable to within 0.002 inch. Sync Link adds versatility to the gripper design, because with the link removed, each piston transfers force and motion independently to each slide.
As a result, each gripper jaw and piston assembly moves independently allowing the gripper to comply with the part's position. Once the part is gripped, its exact position is held without position drift occurring. Compliant grippers offer an economical solution, potentially eliminating the use of a compliant wrist.
Slides move independently of each other without the single-piece Sync Link mechanism installed allowing the gripper to comply with the part’s position.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.