Patent Number: 6,569,071

Title: Reconfigurable multi-spindle apparatus

Abstract: A reconfigurable multi-spindle apparatus for use with a machining device in a plurality of configurations across part families. In one embodiment, the reconfigurable multi-spindle apparatus may include at least two spindle head modules, a mechanism for transmitting power between the spindle head modules, and a mechanism for reconfigurably connecting the spindle head modules such that the multi-spindle apparatus is reconfigured from a first configuration to a second configuration across part families. An embodiment of a spindle head module may include two tool holders and a mechanism for adjusting the distance between the tool holders such that the multi-spindle apparatus is reconfigured within a part family.

Inventors: Koren; Yoram (Ann Arbor, MI), Moon; Yong-Mo (Ann Arbor, MI), Kota; Sridhar (Brighton, MI)

Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan

International Classification: B23Q 37/00 (20060101); B23B 39/00 (20060101); B23B 39/16 (20060101); B23Q 003/157 (); B23C 009/00 (); B23B 039/16 ()

Expiration Date: 05/27/2020