Kinematic Applications for Robotics and Industrial Automation
Robotic systems are very agile and flexible, and a kinematic interface can help them improve precision, repeatability, and rigidity:
- Docking Manipulators: A docking manipulator is any tool that is brought into position by a robotic arm, but requires further mechanical registration to the workpiece or workstation before it can operate. This "docking" registration provides extremely high accuracy (<.0001") and very high rigidity at the docking point. Our 4-legged mounts allow very elegant docking of large rectangular tools and tooling frames.
- Interchangeable tooling: With extremely high repeatability and rigidity, a three-legged kinematic mount is perfect for imlementing a tool interchange interface. Kinematic mounts cannot jam because of deformations or temperature changes, the way pin-based interfaces can.
- AGV positioning: Automated Guided Vehicles can roam freely on a manufacturing floor, and typically infer their location from a floor-scale positioning system. Depending on the form-factor of the AGV (round or rectangular), a 3-legged or 4-legged kinematic mount enables the AGV to "kneel" on top of a pre-located set of features for a ton-rigid and micron-precise work posture.
- Workpiece registration: Workpices often travel between differnet fabrication stations during manufacturing. Whether attached to a standardized pallet or directly to features in your part, a kinematic mount enables extremely precise and rigid mounting of workpieces onto the fabrication stations, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
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