Combined Transducer-Actuator System for Automatic Part Alignment
A prevalent challenge in manufacturing precision parts is the alignment of a part on a holding fixture. The Transducer-Actuator system combines component measurement and part realignment functions into a single unit that is capable of measuring the alignment or misalignment of machine elements and work pieces as well as automatically moving a part to the desired orientation. Automating the centering operation can reduce manual set-up activities and produce more accurate and repeatable positioning. The result is a significant cost savings and improved part accuracy.Description
Automatic measuring and aligning of parts in either open or closed machining environments.
Can function in a vertical or horizontal orientation.Benefits
Enables automatic work piece alignment operations.
Reduces operator errors.
Increases personnel safety in activities involving hazardous materials.Applications and Industries
Machine shops; automotive parts and manufacturing; aircraft parts and manufacturing; screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing.Patents and Patent Applications
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Transducer-actuator systems and methods for performing on-machine measurements and automatic part alignment
Systems and methods for performing on-machine measurements and automatic part alignment, including: a measurement component operable for determining the position of a part on a machine; and an actuation component operable for adjusting the position of the part by contacting the part with a predetermined force responsive to the determined position of the part. The measurement component consists of a transducer. The actuation component consists of a linear actuator. Optionally, the measurement component and the actuation component consist of a single linear actuator operable for contacting the part with a first lighter force for determining the position of the part and with a second harder force for adjusting the position of the part. The actuation component is utilized in a substantially horizontal configuration and the effects of gravitational drop of the part are accounted for in the force applied and the timing of the contact.
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