Robotic systems for laying out wiring harnesses and other types of line harnesses

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2023-11-21
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Brown, Brian
Wescott, Michael
VanPelt, Alexander
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Brown, B., Wescott, M., & VanPelt, A., inventors; Wichita State University, assignee. Robotic systems for laying out wiring harnesses and other types of line harnesses. United States patent US 11823813 B2. 2023, November 21.

Abstract

A robotic system for laying out a specified wiring harness. A robotic arm is configured to arrange a plurality of wire segments along the harness support surface. A system controller is configured to direct the robotic arm to arrange each of the plurality of wire segments on the harness support surface along a specified wire route. A preparation device can label one or both ends of each wire segment as they are being laid out on the support surface. The labeler can automatically apply adhesive labels as flags at selected locations along the length of the wire segment. In a method of making a wiring harness, the robotic arm positions pins on a harness support surface to define wire routes and then arranges at least one wire segment on the harness support surface along each of the wire routes.

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WSU inventor: Brian Brown, Michael Wescott, NIAR, Alexander VanPelt, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Application No: 17/026189 filed September 19, 2020. Patent No: US 11823813 B2 granted November 21, 2023.
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