ATI UTILITY COUPLERS ELIMINATE EQUIPMENT FAILURE AT KTH PARTS INDUSTRIES
There is no better way to resolve a problem than eliminating it entirely. At KTH Parts Industries Inc., automating a manual equipment changeover process using ATI’s Utility Couplers accomplished that very feat. More specifically, the new process eliminates roughly 65 hours per year of downtime per line, reduces the total cost of operations, and increases equipment utilization and productivity. One of KTH’s core competencies is the design and implementation of flexible welding lines for automotive underbody components. Their welding lines use complex fixtures called “jigs” to hold the components in place while a robot welds them together.
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GENESIS SYSTEMS GROUP INNOVATES NDI SYSTEMS WITH ATI END-EFFECTORS
The NSpect family of Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) Systems from Genesis Systems Group is making quite an impression. By combining ATI End-Effectors, KUKA Robots, and vast engineering expertise, Genesis creates more efficient methods of NDI that encourage safety and increase quality. Genesis’ customers have confidence in NSpect products as well–the company has integrated more than 30 NSpect Systems in the last five years. The purpose of NDI is to evaluate components and finished goods for structural integrity and fitness of use while keeping them intact.
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ATI TOOL CHANGERS TRANSFORM SCHMALZ'S DESIGN-TEST CENTER
Schmalz recently deployed ATI’s Robotic Tool Changers in a new, sustainable, automated design-testing application. The results bring more comprehensive concept proofing and decreased project turnaround time for customers. It is widely known that ATI products can increase the productivity of automated systems, but at Schmalz, this reaches a whole new level. Each project at Schmalz is unique and begins with a full-scale evaluation of the customer’s existing application. Historically, this is one of the most time-consuming tasks in the project timeline due to its heavy reliance on manual labor.
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FINE-TUNED FEEDBACK FROM FORCE/TORQUE SENSORS
As robots and robotic technology become more affordable, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of repetitive processes being outsourced to machines. Automating these grueling jobs helps move people out of harm’s way and into roles involving judgment and reasoning, which no machine or program can replicate. Products like ATI’s Force/Torque (F/T) Sensors bring a sense of touch or “haptics” to automated systems by allowing the robot arm to actually feel what is happening in the process. Flexible Automation, Inc. (FAI) has developed a system that utilizes ATI’s F/T Sensors to provide haptic feedback in quality testing of vehicle climate control modules.
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EDGEWATER STREAMLINES ASSEMBLY CHALLENGES WITH ATI TOOL CHANGERS
For a major automotive client, Edgewater Automation recently developed an assembly system utilizing ATI’s Tool Changers to increase the productivity of their existing production line. When coupled with increased throughput and reduced labor requirements, the application upgrade afforded the customer tremendous savings of time and money, as well as numerous safety benefits and improved equipment utilization. The customer’s initial problem was a good one to have; due to increased demand, they had more orders than they had the capacity to produce. Having more work than you know what to do with is usually a sign that your customers are happy and your reputation is good.
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Featured Products

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AXIA80 FORCE/TORQUE SENSOR
ATI has developed a new low-cost Force/Torque Sensor, the Axia80. 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.
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UCC UNIVERSAL COMPLIANCE COMPENSATOR
ATI’s latest compliance device combines a variety of features to achieve the highest level of adaptability in tasks such as automated assembly, bin picking, loading and unloading machines, robotic finishing, and more.
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Featured Videos

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WHY ATI ROBOTIC DEBURRING TOOLS?
Watch this video to see how ATI’s Compliant Deburring Tools increase the safety and quality of material removal processes.
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WHY ATI MANUAL TOOL CHANGERS?
This video explains what an ATI Manual Tool Changer is and how it allows tooling and utilities to be quickly changed by hand.
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Upcoming Events

ATI exhibits at a variety of industry shows and conferences. Our schedule is listed below. Contact Valerie Van Deusen here  if you would like a ticket or pass (subject to availability) to any upcoming shows.

Pack Expo 2018 October 14-17, 2018 McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
(Booth #4619)

Sheet Metal Welding Conference 2018 October 17-18, 2018 Laurel Manor, Livonia, MI

The Assembly Show October 23-25, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
(Booth #521)

Automotive Testing Expo 2018 October 23-25, 2018 Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI
(Booth #3047)

Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference October 24-25, 2018 Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA

Fabtech 2018 November 6-8, 2018 Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
(Booth #C11522)

Expo Plasticos 2018 November 7-9, 2018 Expo Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
(Booth #98)

RIA Webinar - Update in Bin Picking Using Robotics November 15, 2018 Internet Noon-1PM ET

RIA Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference November 28-29, 2018 3M Innovation Center, ST Paul, MN

A3 Business Forum January 14-16, 2019 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL

Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting 2019 February 2-5, 2019 Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
(Booth #102)

ATX West 2019 February 5-7, 2019 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
(Booth #4411)

Automate 2019 April 8-11, 2019 McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
(Booth #7536)

ATX Canada 2019 June 4-6, 2019 Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario
(Booth #852)

ETMS Mexico 2019 September 24-26, 2019 Queretaro Congress Center, Querétaro, Mexico
(Booth #419)

CMTS 2019 (Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show) September 30 - October 3, 2019 The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
(Booth #1078)