In the final post of our Robotic Brake series we will take a quick look at the part chute and error checking plus a video of the overall cell functioning at speed.

We don’t want to have to open the robot cell door to remove parts and we’d like to limit human interaction with the robot. We came up with an idea for a dual chute system and sensors. The robot is programmed to put different part numbers into different chutes plus it checks to make sure a part is present before grabbing the next one in the tray just in case it dropped one or a part got stuck in a bending tool.

Two sensors mounted using 3D printed brackets at the entrance to each chute. The sensors are a double check that the robot successfully grabbed a part, bent it, and got it out of the tooling.

Two sensors mounted using 3D printed brackets at the entrance to each chute. The sensors are a double check that the robot successfully grabbed a part, bent it, and got it out of the tooling.

A sheet metal chute loads out into two different part bins.

A sheet metal chute loads out into two different part bins.