Assembly of a Micro Ball-Bearing using a Capillary Gripper and a Microcomponent Feeder
Assembly of microsystems is still a challenge today. The numerous parasitic forces often make the manipulation behaviour unpredictable, hence difficult to automate. Therefore special designs of grippers and adequate strategies have to be implemented. Recent works have shown that capillary forces are strong enough to be used to manipulate components in microassembly technology . However, many investigations need to be performed concerning the manufacturing of a microgripper for an industrial use. If the feasibility has been theoretically shown, there is still work to be achieved over the practical implementation of such a gripper.
KeywordsCapillary Force Liquid Bridge Ball Bearing Filling Ratio Placement Accuracy
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