US Patent No. 10,029,339

ROTARY TABLE


Patent No. 10,029,339
Issue Date July 24, 2018
Title Rotary Table
Inventorship Takuma Nishimura, Yamanashi (JP)
Assignee FANUC CORPORATION, Yamanashi (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,029,339

1. A rotary table, comprising:a case;
a shaft rotatably arranged in the case, and configured to secure an object at an end of the shaft;
a motor housed in the case, the motor having a stator and a rotor, the motor configured to rotate the shaft;
a brake disc relatively, unrotatably arranged to the shaft; and
a clamping mechanism
for clamping the brake disc so that the shaft is not rotatable inside the case, and
for unclamping the brake disc so that the shaft is rotatable inside the case,
wherein
the clamping mechanism comprises:
a clamping member fixed to the case;
a piston driven by operating fluid in a direction of either of clamping and unclamping the brake disc; and
a biasing unit fixed by the case and the piston, always biasing the piston in a direction of either of clamping and unclamping the brake disc by a recovery force of elastic deformation,
the piston is configured to
move toward the brake disc, to hold the brake disc between the piston and the clamping member of the clamping mechanism, and
move away from the brake disc, to release the brake disc from being held by the piston and the clamping member, and
the piston, the clamping member, and the rotor and stator of the motor are aligned with one another along a central axis of the shaft,
wherein the biasing unit comprises a spring disc having
two fixing portions fixed to the case and the piston, respectively, and
a supporter between the two fixing portions, and
the spring disc is configured to always bias the brake disc in a direction of either of clamping and unclamping by a repellent force due to elastic deformation of the supporter of the spring disc.