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Reconfigurable assembly work station

United States Patent

9,815,155
November 14, 2017
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A reconfigurable autonomous workstation includes a multi-faced superstructure including a horizontally-arranged frame section supported on a plurality of posts. The posts form a plurality of vertical faces arranged between adjacent pairs of the posts, the faces including first and second faces and a power distribution and position reference face. A controllable robotic arm suspends from the rectangular frame section, and a work table fixedly couples to the power distribution and position reference face. A plurality of conveyor tables are fixedly coupled to the work table including a first conveyor table through the first face and a second conveyor table through the second face. A vision system monitors the work table and each of the conveyor tables. A programmable controller monitors signal inputs from the vision system to identify and determine orientation of the component on the first conveyor table and control the robotic arm to execute an assembly task.
Lin; Yhu-Tin (Rochester Hills, MI), Abell; Jeffrey A. (Rochester Hills, MI), Spicer; John Patrick (Plymouth, MI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI)
14/ 674,687
20160288280
March 31, 2015
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-EE-0002217 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.