K. Youcef-Toumi, J. H. Buitrago

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Workpiece fixturing is one of the major obstacles in achieving total flexibility in manufacturing. Adaptable fixturing is a technique that consists of a set of elements each containing a surface that can conform to the geometry of a part. This surface can be continuous or discrete. This paper concentrates on the issues associated with the design of Robot-Operated Adaptable Fixtures. The goal is to design fixtures that have surface contact instead of point contact with the workpiece and can conform locally to workpiece geometry. This type of fixtures are shown to have several advantages over fixtures with point contact. The first part of the paper classifies the design requirements of such fixtures into mechanical and operational. The second part presents a specific design consisting of a module with a discrete conformable surface. This type of module is designed to be operated by a robot manipulator and not manually. The prototype is tested and evaluated for different geometries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pagesv iiip
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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