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.
Angle heads can enable a three-axis machine tool to be more versatile. That said, this shop explains that there’s more to getting started using them than simply loading them into a machine’s spindle.
Collet toolholders are too important to the machining process to use them incorrectly. Follow this simple advice.
Companies concerned about strict quality requirements regularly check toolholder tapers for wear or inaccuracy because these conditions can jeopardize the results of a critical operation. However, a shop can check tapers quickly and reliably with air gages. These devices can be used effectively without special operator training. For measuring taper in a production environment, few other methods can match the speed and performance of air, as multiple-circuit air jets can be placed in very small taper gages.