Patent Number: 6,166,506

Title: Wireless safety clutch

Abstract: A robotic safety clutch that provides a wireless connection between the safety clutch and an robotic/automatic arm controller. The safety clutch includes a sensor for sensing a crash event and a radio frequency transmitter for transmitting a crash signal in response to the sensed crash event to a radio frequency receiver. The radio frequency receiver is connected to the robotic/automatic arm controller. Upon receiving the crash signal from the transmitter, the receiver sends a crash signal to the controller and in response to the crash signal, the controller shuts down all robotic/automatic functions.

Inventors: Pratt; Kenneth K. (Tecumseh, CA), Stevens; Randall (Livonia, MI)

Assignee: Tregaskiss, Ltd.

International Classification: B25J 19/06 (20060101); B23K 9/10 (20060101); F16P 3/00 (20060101); F16P 3/12 (20060101); G05B 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017