Patent Number: 8,798,790

Title: Apparatus and method for detecting contact position of robot

Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a contact position where a robot makes contact with an object includes a probe, a probe-position calculating unit, a contact detecting unit, and a contact-position calculating unit. The probe is attached to the robot and is configured to make a displacement in a direction of making contact with the object in an elastic manner. The probe-position calculating unit calculates a position of the probe of the robot in operation. The contact detecting unit detects a contact state of the probe with the object. When the contact state of the probe is detected, the contact-position calculating unit derives the contact position based on a calculated position of the probe.

Inventors: Kamiya; Yosuke (Kitakyushu, JP), Inoue; Yasuyuki (Kitakyushu, JP), Nagata; Hideo (Kitakyushu, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki

International Classification: G06F 19/00 (20110101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018