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Tool changer integration utilising fieldbus

Richard Piggin (Senior Research Fellow for the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1203 528 962; Fax: +44 (0) 1203 524 307; E‐mail R.S.H.PIGGIN@WARWICK.AC.UK)
Ken Young (Principal Research Fellow at Warwick University Manufacturing Group, International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 June 2000


Fieldbus has been used to control self drill drive screw (SDDS), spot clinching and self pierce riveting tools mounted to a single robot with a tool changer. This has reduced wiring complexity and enabled more robust cable dressing. The network, tool operation and tool changer are described.



Piggin, R. and Young, K. (2000), "Tool changer integration utilising fieldbus", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 200-205.




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