End-of-Arm Tooling Applications
Small, precise electric grippers for automated small-part assembly
New Scale Technologies has applied its expertise in highly miniaturized motion systems to the problem of end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) for precision small-part assembly.
Applying M3 micro mechatronics module capabilities to micro grippers, New Scale is developing a new parallel electric gripper for small robots. Preliminary specifications for this micro gripper include:
- Diameter less than 60 mm and mass less than 100 grams
- Independent servo control of force and position on each jaw
- 0 to 24 mm range
- 0.5 µm resolution
- 10 µm repeatability of gripper centerline to part centerline
- Holds position with zero power and no jitter
- 0.1 N closed-loop force resolution
- ± 4 N maximum force
- 8 mm/sec maximum velocity (4 mm/sec per arm)
- Easy to install and operate on robot
- No separate electronics needed, only DC power and digital bus commands
- Optional contact force sensor
To be commercialized in 2016, this “all-in-one” micro-mechatronic module will meet the emerging needs for precision, speed and flexibility in end-of-arm tooling for small-part assembly systems.
M3 Micro-Mechatronic Modules - smallest size, "all-in-one" simplicity
New Scale’s M3 micro-mechatronics modules are “all-in-one” motion systems, integrating a patented SQUIGGLE micro motor, ASIC driver, Hall-effect position sensor, guide bearing and microprocessor with embedded firmware into a miniature smart module. No separate electronics are required to achieve precision motion in small spaces. Examples include the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, the M3-FS Focus Module and the M3-RS-U Rotary Smart Stage.
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- Advances in Micromechatronics Promote All-in-One Positioning Modules, D. A. Henderson, Photonics Spectra, May 2015.
- Small Assembly Robots with Big Gains, T. M. Anandan, Contributing Editor, Robotic Industries Association, 09/28/2015
- Latest Trends in Intelligent Robot End-of-Arm Tooling, T. M. Anandan , Robotic Industries Association, 08/08/2013
- The End of Separation: Man and Robot as Collaborative Coworkers on the Factory Floor, T. M. Anandan, Robotic Industries Association, 06/06/2013
Companies that create small collaborative robots, provide systems integration, or use these systems in their small-part assembly process are invited to engage New Scale Technologies early in the commercialization process and influence the results. Call +1 (585) 924 4450 or email us today.