As the use of cobots in part-locating applications continues to expand, new tool-changing option offers improved versatility, accuracy and safety for users
Auburn Hills, Michigan (Feb. 25th, 2021) – Destaco is pleased to announce the expansion of its diverse robotic-tooling portfolio with the development of the ultracompact and lightweight TC1 Series manual tool changer. As the use of cobots expands into new pick and place, load and unload applications and new markets, safe and easy-to-use cobot peripherals with rapid deployment are in high demand. The patent-pending TC1 Series meets that demand with out-of-the-box installation-ready solutions.
Weighing only 330 grams (11.6 ounces) with a low-profile height of 25 mm (1”), the TC1 tool changer has minimal impact on cobot payload capacity. The TC1 ultra-light, rugged tool changer with push-button release allows a tool change in less than three seconds with no physical strain placed on the operator. Positional coupling repeatability of 0.025 mm (0.001”) helps to ensure that established cobot partplacement programming accuracy remains intact after a tool change. Integrated safety features include a visible red indicator when the tool is not properly coupled or locked into place.
“Our customers expect and rely on us to provide ready-to-work solutions. We package each tool changer with its own mounting hardware and tools to bolt directly to a cobot with no additional adapter plates or mounting hardware needed,” said Gary Labadie, Global Product Director at Destaco. “We can support almost every cobot in the market today with the easiest to use tool-changer solution at a very cost-effective price point.”
The TC1 is usable as either a tool changer or as a test-station coupler and benefits from having three robot/tool-plate mounting options. These solutions include: 1) an ISO 9409 mounting pattern that mounts to any third-party cobot tool with the same ISO pattern, 2) a DirectConnect option for mounting Destaco’s Robohand family of products and 3) a blank tool plate for users who wish to machine their own custom mounting patterns for both cobot or tool-side operation.
The TC1 also has four integrated pass-through air ports plus optional electrical passthrough modules that connect directly to the UR robot arm or tool with the same connector for pass-thru electrical operation. When using multiple tool plates, an optional tool holder is available for easy tool-plate storage when the tools are not in use. These products are simple to install, simple to operate and ready to work.
To learn more about any of Destaco’s high-performance automation, workholding or remote-handling solutions, please call (888) DESTACO (888-337- 8226).
About Destaco Destaco, a Dover Corporation company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding and remote-handling solutions. The company