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Robotic end effector

By R.L. Minichan

Abstract

This invention is comprised of an end effector for use in probing a surface with a robotic arm. The end effector has a first portion that carries a gamble with a probe, the gamble holding the probe normal to the surface, and a second portion with a set of three shafts within a housing for urging the gamble and probe against the surface. The second portion contains a potentiometer connected by another shaft to the first portion to measure the position of the first portion with respect to the second so that the second portion can be moved to place and maintain the shafts at the midpoint of their travel. Then, as irregularities in the surface are encountered, the first portion can respond by moving closer to or farther from the second portion

Topics: Manipulators, Positioning, Robots, 42 Engineering Not Included In Other Categories, Inventions, Remote Handling, Probes, Design
Publisher: Westinghouse Savannah River Company
Year: 1991
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