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ATI Develops New QC-11 Hollow-Wrist Tool Changer

QC-20 and QC-21 Hollow-Wrist Tool Changers Also Available

Apex, NC,  January 21, 2011
 
QC-11 Hollow-Wrist Tool Changer

The QC-11HM Tool Changer is a new QC-11 Master that allows for routing air and electrical lines directly through its center. This feature provides direct compatibility with many of the industry's hollow-wrist robots. The QC-11HM is directly compatible with the standard QC-11 Tool assemblies and has Lock and Unlock sensing integrated into its design for safe Coupling and Uncoupling. Many of today’s standard industrial automation robots require large complex cable and hose bundles around the outside of the robot arm. Much consideration must be made to properly route the bundles around moving parts and robot axes and away from potential environmental threats, such as weld debris. Robot manufacturers are now offering hollow-wrist robots, where the dress package can be routed through the center of the wrist, keeping all cables and hoses internal, shielding the dress package from mechanical influences, and preventing undesirable whiplash motion. Gripper cables can be routed through the hollow wrist, resulting in better access into tight spaces and less problems with broken hoses and cables. Developed last year, the QC-20HM and QC-21HM Hollow-Wrist Tool Changers feature the same compatibility with many hollow-wrist robots, while offering additional pneumatic ports and handling higher payloads. Additional Hollow-Wrist Tool Changer models are currently under development and will be available as a standard option. 

Product Features Include:

  • All air lines and optional Lock and Unlock sensor connections are made along the Tool Changer center axis, enabling a direct mount to many hollow-wrist robots.
  • Results in a cleaner more direct utility routing through the robot's hollow wrist.
  • QC-11HM Master-side is compatible with all QC-11 Tools.
  • Six (6) pass-through air connections, 1/8" push-connect tube fittings.
  • Lock and Unlock connections are 1/8" push-connect tube fittings.
  • Metric-sized tube connections are also available.
  • Many optional electrical module cables can also be routed through the center.

More information on our QC-11HM Hollow-Wrist Tool Changers here.

More information on our Robotic Tool Changers here.



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