Patent for Sale:

Robotic Tooling Collision Detection System    

A variable sensitive, breakaway compliance device.

Overview

Equipment damage and line down-times have always been major concerns facing any company utilizing automated and robotic applications. Such damage may be incurred from obstructions due to malfunctions, program errors and misplaced product. The best insurance against such costly mishaps is a collision detection system, specifically engineered to minimize such risks.

The robotic tooling collision detection system is a variable sensitive, breakaway compliance device which will automatically deflect its tool mount center flange every time it encounters any overload conditions. Upon tooling impact, this system will immediately stop the robot system in operation. With its compact features, six degrees of compliance and instant reaction times, the patented technology is the most versatile and reliable collision detection system available for a wide variety of industrial robotic applications.

The technology has been engineered for light to heavy duty robotic applications, providing systems with superior mounting and impact resistant features. This unique system provides users with the ability of having infinite "trip point" pneumatic load settings to suit any robotic tooling load requirements.

Primary Application of the Technology

Manufacturing - engineered for wide variety of robotic applications:
- Material handling
- Spot & mig welding
- Die casting
- Waterjet & high pressure wash
- Product polishing

Competitive Advantage

Unlike other similar devices, the technology eliminates the use of any adjustable springs, micro, proximity and pressure devices mounted on the unit itself. These devices can get damaged and become unreliable during day to day operations. Our technology requires one air line running from its circuit assembly to the unit mounted on the robot end of arm. In addition, it is the only true intrinsically safe system available for painting and sealant dispensing applications.

Features & Benefits
Automatic resetting capability - means reduced operator cell entry requirement and quicker robot cell restart time.

"Axial Sensitive" (AS) feature - increased direct "Axial Loading" sensitivity and decreased equipment damage.

Infinite variable trip load settings - operator adjustable to suit working robot forces on applications and adjustable breakaway threshold.

Manufactured from high strength aluminum alloy with superior surface treatments provides superior durability for use in majority of applications and environments. Enables a greater resistance to robot tooling impacts situations.

Integral robot adaptor plate with split V-clamp and predrilled robot mounting hole pattern means faster installation at a customers facility and compact overall assembly.

Preassembled impact detection circuit assembly with mounting bracket allows for quicker system setup and a reduction of component purchase requirements.

Most compact and light weight robot collision detection system available for higher load ratings provides increase design flexibility for robot "End of Arm Tooling", decreased robot moment loading and easily adaptable for replacement units.

Additional Information

Patent in practice with over $1.5M generated in sales. Product available for evaluation for serious buyers.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 74: Machine Element Or Mechanism

Mechanical combinations, contrivances, or devices constituting portions of machines, instruments and apparatus and consisting of two or more fixed and movable parts so combined that the motion of one compels a completely controlled or constrained motion of the other according to a law of operation inherent in and depending on the nature of the combination, and also the elemental parts of such machines not provided for in other machine element classes.

Subclass 490.01: Robotic arm

Class 192: Clutches And Power-Stop Control

Clutches, combinations including vortex flow drive and clutch, vortex flow drive and brake, clutch and brake, and clutch and gear; and also includes mechanism for joint control of transmission and clutch, and transmission and brake. This class includes the control of those various power-transmission means, motors, and brakes the motions of which occur at the completion of a cycle of operations or which are due to contact with the material handled by the machine or to the defective action of the parts of the machine operated or to such operations as arise from the initiation of measures for the safety of the operator.

Subclass 56.32: Positive

Class 403: Joints And Connections

This is the generic class of connections between two or more rigid or semirigid members at substantially a single locus; connections between the ends of a single rigid or semirigid member; connections between a flaccid member and a rigid or semirigid member. In addition, this is the generic class for connecting or fastening means.

Subclass 15: Utilizing fluid pressure

Class 901: Robots

This collection provides for a reprogrammable, multifunction manipulator designed to move devices through variable programmed motions for the performance of changeable tasks on a repetitive basis without human intervention and all subcombinations thereof specialized for use with such manipulator.

Subclass 49: PROTECTIVE DEVICE