• US 20030009867A1
  • Filed: 07/10/2001
  • Published: 01/16/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An automated drill and rivet machine for riveting a work piece at sequential work sites on the work piece, said machine comprising:

  • a carriage disposed proximate to the work piece for movement relative thereto;

    a drill movably mounted on said carriage;

    a masher movably mounted on said carriage proximate to said drill;

    a first sensor disposed on said carriage so that when said carriage is proximate to a first work site, said first sensor detects a second work site;

    a drive in communication with said carriage for moving said carriage with respect to the work piece;

    a control system in operative communication with said carriage, said drill, said masher, said drive, and said first sensor, said control system having a processor operable in a first mode and a second mode, wherein in said first mode said processor drives said drill at said first work site to drill one or more holes in the work piece, wherein in said second mode said processor drives said masher at said first work site to secure rivets in said one or more holes, and wherein, in either of said first mode or said second mode following operation of said drill or said masher, respectively, said control system moves said carriage to said second work site responsively to said first sensor.

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