Describes the development of sturdy tool changes for robots employed in harsh environments such as water and mud, for example in the offshore industry. Various companies offer standard mechanical interfaces between tool and robot but are only intended for use in a clean industrial environment. Proves that it is possible to design a small tool changing mechanism for robots by using a pneumatic drive and a pin‐type locking system and that mechanical coupling of a tool changer is feasible under water, even with dirt and mud. Subsequently a tool changing mechanism for manipulators has been developed which is usable both inside the workspace of production machines and in offshore production.
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