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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1825941 11.10.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001825941
Titel Stangengreifer für Stangenlademagazin
Anmelder Barload Machine Co., Ltd., Changhua, TW
Erfinder Lu, Fang-Chin, Taichung County 421, TW
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 13.02.2007
EP-Aktenzeichen 070030218
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 29.08.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 11.10.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse B23B 13/12(2006.01)A, F, I, 20070731, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B23Q 7/04(2006.01)A, L, I, 20070731, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to a bar feeder and more specifically, to a bar gripper for use in a bar feeder.

2. Description of the Related Art

When a bar feeder is used for sending a bar material into a lathe for processing, a bar gripper will be provided at the bar feeder for gripping the bar material so that a pushing device can be coupled to or detached from the bar material.

A bar gripper for this purpose is known comprising two gripping members pivotally connected together. During processing of a bar material, the two gripping members are biased relative to each other to grip the bar material so that the pushing device can be coupled to the bar material and driven to move the bar material into the lathe for processing.

However, because different bar materials having different diameters may be used, the operator must frequently adjust the clamping angle of the bar gripper to positively grip each feeding bar material. Further, because this design of bar gripper has a complicated structure and because the gripping members of the bar gripper have a big size, it is not easy to frequently and accurately adjust the clamping angle of the bar gripper subject to the diameter of each feeding bar material. If the bar gripper does not grip the bar material positively, the pushing device may not be able to accurately coupled to the bar material, such that a failure in operation will occur.

Therefore, it is desirable to provide a bar gripper that eliminates the aforesaid problem.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is one objective of the present invention to provide a bar gripper for a bar feeder, which has a small size, and is convenient for use to grip a bar material positively without adjustment.

To achieve this objective of the present invention, the bar gripper installed in a bar feeder for gripping a bar material comprises a base frame, a first gripping member, a second gripping member and a transmission member. The first gripping member is mounted in the base frame and provided with a gripping portion and a coupling member. The second gripping member is mounted in and movable relative to the first gripping member. The second gripping member has a gripping portion facing the gripping portion of the first gripping member, and a coupling member. The transmission member is mounted in the second gripping member and coupled between the coupling member of the first gripping member and the coupling member of the second gripping member in such a manner that the gripping portion of the first gripping member and the gripping portion of the second gripping member can be synchronously moved toward or away from each other so as to grip or release the bar material disposed therebetween.

Further scope of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description given hereinafter. However, it should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating preferred embodiments of the invention, are given by way of illustration only, since various changes and modifications within the spirit and scope of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from this detailed description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description given hereinbelow and the accompanying drawings which are given by way of illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:

  • FIG 1 illustrates a bar gripper of a preferred embodiment of the present invention installed in a bar feeder;
  • FIG 2 is an exploded view of the bar gripper according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG 3 is a perspective assembly view of the bar gripper according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG 4 is a front view of the present invention, showing the status of the first gripping member and the second gripper member before gripping, and
  • FIG 5 is a front view of the present invention, showing that a bar material is clamped between the first gripping member and the second gripping member.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

As shown in FIG 1, a bar gripper 20 of the present invention is used in a bar feeder 10 for gripping a bar material 12. As shown in FIG 2, the bar gripper 20 comprises a base frame 30, a first gripping member 40, a second gripping member 50, a transmission member 60, and a driving device 70.

The base frame 30 comprises a cover panel 32 and two side panels 34. The cover panel 32 is fixedly connected to the top end of each of the side panels 34. Therefore, the cover panel 32 defines with the two side panels 34 a receiving chamber 36. Further, the two side panels 34 each have a round hole 342 on the middle. The two round holes 342 are axially aligned with respect to each other.

The first gripping member 40 is mounted in the receiving chamber 36 inside the base frame 30, having a top panel 42, a bottom panel 44, and two parallel side panels 46. The top panel 42 and the bottom panel 44 are respectively affixed to the top ends and bottom ends of the side panels 46. Thus, the top panel 42, the bottom panel 44 and the side panels 46 define an accommodation chamber 48. The side panels 46 each have a longitudinal sliding slot 462 corresponding to the round holes 342 of the base frame 30. The top panel 42 has a gripping portion 422 vertically downwardly extending from its front side, and a coupling member 424 vertically downwardly extending from its rear side. The coupling member 424 has a front side with its two lateral edges respectively affixed to the two parallel side panels 46. Further, a rack 426 is formed on the front side of the coupling member 424.

Referring to FIG 3, the second gripping member 50 is mounted in the accommodation chamber 48 of the first gripping member 40, having two side panels 52. The side panels 52 each have a longitudinal sliding slot 522 corresponding to the longitudinal sliding slots 462 of the side panels 46 of the first gripping member 40 and the round holes 342 of the side panels 34 of the base frame 30. The second gripping member 50 further comprises a coupling member 54 vertically connected between the front sides of the side panels 52, a rack 542 formed on the back side of the coupling member 54, and a gripping portion 544 extending from the front side of the coupling member 54. The gripping portion 544 of the second gripping member 50 and the gripping portion 422 of the first gripping member 40 face each other in vertical direction for gripping a bar material 12 that is inserted horizontally through the gap between the gripping portions 422 and 544.

The transmission member 60 is a gearwheel mounted between the side panels 52 of the second gripping member 50, having a center through hole 62 through its two opposite ends corresponding to the two round holes 342 of the base frame 30, the longitudinal sliding slots 462 of the first gripping member 40 and the longitudinal sliding slots 522 of the second gripping member 50, and a toothed periphery 64 meshed with the rack 426 of the first gripping member 40 and the rack 542 of the second gripping member 50. One axle 14 of the bar feeder 10 is inserted through the round holes 342 of the base frame 30, the longitudinal sliding slots 462 of the first gripping member 40, the longitudinal sliding slots 522 of the second gripping member 50 and the through hole 62 of the transmission member 60.

The driving device 70, which is embodied as an air cylinder in this preferred embodiment, is connected to the second gripping member 50 and controllable to move the second gripping member 50 vertically relative to the first gripping member 40.

When a bar material 12 is moved from a bar loader 16 into one feeder tube of the bar feeder 10, the gripping portion 422 of the first gripping member 40 and the gripping portion 544 of the second gripping member 50 can be kept apart from each other at first, as shown in FIG 4. Thereafter, the driving device 70 is operated to move the second gripping member 50 upwards. At this time, as shown in FIG 5, the rack 542 of the second gripping member 50 is forced to rotate the transmission member 60, thereby causing the transmission member 60 to move the rack 426 and the first gripping member 40 downwards, and therefore the gripping portion 422 of the first gripping member 40 and the gripping portion 544 of the second gripping member 50 are moved vertically toward each other to grip the bar material 12 positively for further processing process.

As stated above, the bar gripper 20 has a small size, and can conveniently operated to grip the bar material 12 without adjustment.

The invention being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.


Anspruch[en]
A bar gripper (20) for use in a bar feeder (10) for gripping a bar material (14), characterized in that the bar gripper (20) comprising: a base frame (30); a first gripping member (40) mounted in the base frame (40) and provided with a gripping portion (422) and a coupling member (424); a second gripping member (50) mounted in and movable relative to the first gripping member (40), the second gripping member having a gripping portion (544) facing the gripping portion (422) of the first gripping member (40), and a coupling member (54); and a transmission member (60) mounted in the second gripping member (50) and coupled between the coupling member (424) of the first gripping member (40) and the coupling member (54) of the second gripping member (50) in such a manner that the gripping portion (422) of the first gripping member (40) and the gripping portion (544) of the second gripping member (50) can be synchronously moved toward or away from each other so as to grip or release the bar material (12) disposed therebetween. The bar gripper (20) as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the bar gripper (20) further comprises a driving device (70) connected to the second gripping member (50) for moving the second gripping member (50) relative to the first gripping member (40). The bar gripper (20) as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the coupling member (424) of the first gripping member (40) is provided with a rack (426); the coupling member (54) of the second gripping member (50) is provided with a rack (542); the transmission member (60) is a gearwheel meshed between the rack (426) of the coupling member (424) of the first gripping member (40) and the rack (542) of the coupling member (54) of the second gripping member (50). The bar gripper (20) as claimed in claim 1, characterized in that the transmission member (60) has a through hole (62) for the insertion of an axle (14) of the bar feeder (10).






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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