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ATI Launches New Low-Cost Force/Torque Sensor

17 October 2017

ATI has unveiled the newest offering in their force/torque sensor product line: the Axia80.

“There's been a movement in the industry to start automating man-made products," explains Robert Little, CEOSource: ATI Industrial AutomationSource: ATI Industrial Automation of ATI Industrial Automation. "In order for them to do that, they need robots. In order for those robots to be completely successful, they need force sensing feedback."

Like all of ATI’s force/torque sensors, the Axia80 measures all six components of force and torque. The monolithic instrumented transducer also features silicon strain gauges that reduce noise, enable high stiffness and provide overload protection five to twenty times over the sensing range. The Axia80 is programmed with two different calibrations that the operator can switch between while the application is running. The default calibration allows for a large sensing range during high-speed moves or while applying high force. The smaller calibration suits more delicate processes that require higher resolution and accuracy.

All the electronics are built into the transducer body, and the sensor connects directly to the robot controller. This keeps the unit’s cost down and footprint smaller, without sacrificing accuracy, resolution or robustness. The Axia80 communicates through EtherCAT or Ethernet and is ideal for robotic assembly, grinding and polishing applications.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com


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