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\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
Mr. Tom Donnelly
Westinghouse Nuclear Division
P.O. Box 2728
R & DCenter- Building 101
Beulah Road Churchill Borough
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235
Dear Mr. Donnelly:
\J Per our telephone conversation earlier today, I am enclosing
some literature on our manipulator systems. In addition I have
enclosed a report issued by the Artificial Intelligence Lab. at
Stanford University. This report gives an example of automated
assembly using a Vicarm manipulator.
As I mentioned during our telephone conversation, Vicarm is a
small company specializing exclusively in computer controlled
manipulators and systems. These manipulator systems are outgrowths
of work done at Stanford University and M.I.T. As general purpose
machines, these manipulators are intended for automated
manufacturing, assembly and handling tasks.
The Model Stanford manipulator system with a 10 lb. load
handling capability is similar to the system we would consider for
your application, based on the telephone information you supplied.
As this manipulator is designed around parts machined from bar, flat
and tube stock, upward scaling is not a difficult problem for us.
Although our current standard manipulators are all electric
devices, we have experience with both hydraulic and pneumatic
manipulators, so we are not committed to an all electric design. In
addition, we offer various accessories to complement our manipulator
systems. These include touch and force sensors, and different hand
configurations to suit specific applications. We also can design and
make speicalized tools and tooling to meet customer requirements.
All our manipulators are designed for computer control.
Vicarm can supply manipulators with and without the computer
depending on the customer's needs. We presently are offering a
Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11 based manipulator system. We
have software for use on the PDP-11/45 computer and are currently
developing software for the lower cost LSI-11 series computer
manufactured by DEC. This software incudes an arm solution program,
straight line motion routines, tracking routines, looping and step
and repeat functions, and pick and place routines. In addition, we
can offer special computer programs to meet specific requirements.
For your reference, a complete model Stanford Arm Manipulator
System, including the LSI-11 computer with terminal and software is
priced at $40,000.
I mentioned that we had some contact with other people at
Westinghouse-Pittsburgh. The person we dealt with was Mr. Nick
Yaroshuk, at the R & D Center. At one time we even loaned him a
prototype of our model M.I.T. manipulator for display purposes at
Westinghouse. Nick has visited Stanford Research Institute and
Stanford University and is familiar with our system's capabilities.
We are looking forward to your more detailed project
requirements. Should you have any furthur questions, please feel free
to contact me.\.