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Combined Transducer-Actuator System for Automatic Part Alignment

Y-12 National Security Complex

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Technology Marketing Summary

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
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Date
Patent 9,389,058
Patent
9,389,058
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.
Y-12 National Security Complex 07/12/2016
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Technology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
PrototypeAvailable02/08/201702/08/2017

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