A Miniature Mobile Parts Feeder: Operating Principles and Simulation Results

Arthur Quaid
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-98-26, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998


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Abstract
In this work, a miniature mobile vibratory parts feeder is proposed. This feeder, exploiting the unique capabilities of a recently developed closed-loop planar linear motor, is designed to reorient, singulate, and position parts using only horizontal vibrations. The actuators used for generating the feed vibrations are also capable of large planar motions, allowing the feeder to serve multiple overhead robots. This feeder is designed with a minimum of critical physical dimensions, allowing di erent parts to be fed with only software changes. The basic feed principle is presented, followed by experimental veri cation. Finally, a model for the motion of parts on the complete feeder is derived and simulation results are presented.

Notes
Sponsor: NSF
Grant ID: DMI-9523156 and CDA-9503992
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Microdynamic Systems Laboratory
Note: The author is supported in part by an AT&T Foundation.

Text Reference
Arthur Quaid, "A Miniature Mobile Parts Feeder: Operating Principles and Simulation Results," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-98-26, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Quaid_1998_476,
   author = "Arthur Quaid",
   title = "A Miniature Mobile Parts Feeder: Operating Principles and Simulation Results",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   year = "1998",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-98-26",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
   Notes = "The author is supported in part by an AT&T Foundation."
}