The Coulomb Pump: a Novel Parts Feeding Method Using a Horizontally-Vibrating Surface

@inproceedings{Reznik1998TheCP,
  title={The Coulomb Pump: a Novel Parts Feeding Method Using a Horizontally-Vibrating Surface},
  author={Dan Reznik and John F. Canny},
  booktitle={ICRA},
  year={1998}
}
Part feeders, which singulate and orient parts prior to packing and insertion, are critical components of an assembly line. Existing feeders utilize o -plane vibrations of a rigid structure to convey parts along a track. Repeated part hopping/landing phases are concerns if parts are delicate and/or high positioning accuracy is required. Here we consider a simpler feeder design in which parts are in permanent contact with a horizontally-vibrating at plate. Each vibration is a \pump-like" motion… CONTINUE READING
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