Manual Toolchanger Suits Collaborative Robot Applications
IMTS 2018: ATI Industrial Automation’s MC-10 manual toolchanger enables quick, cost-effective manual tool changing, according to the company.
ATI Industrial Automation’s MC-10 manual toolchanger enables quick, cost-effective manual tool changing, according to the company. Its compact design is optimized for collaborative robot applications. The ergonomic twist-collar locking mechanism provides secure attachment to the tool and easy operation with tactile feedback. It can carry payloads of up to 22 lbs and includes multiple failsafe features that resist vibration and reduce loosening. It has integrated air pass-through connections as well as options to connect electrical utilities if needed.
A seemingly small amount of runout can still be too large for the tool. Reduce this runout, and tool life or productivity may dramatically increase.
The combination of a digital boring head integrated with tool data software dramatically reduces the time required to set up a fine boring head. And still more IIOT-enabled advancements are just around the corner that will finally automate many boring operations.
I’ve said that the toolholder is the least appreciated element in many milling processes, but the pull stud (or retention knob) is perhaps the least appreciated component of the toolholder.