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.

The Assembly Show 2021 October 26-28, 2021 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
(Booth #413)

AWS Sheet Metal Conference November 3, 2021 Laurel Manor - Livonia, MI

A3 Business Forum 2022 January 31 - February 2, 2022 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL

Orthapedic Research Society 2022 February 4-8, 2022 Tampa Convention Center - Tampa, FL
(Booth #142)

Expo Manufactura February 15-17, 2022 Cintermex - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
(Booth #630)

IREX 2022 March 9-12, 2022 Tokyo Big Sight, East Halls - Tokyo, Japan

ATX West 2022 April 12-14, 2022 Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, CA
(Booth #4615)

Fabtech Mexico 2022 May 3-5, 2022 Cintermex - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

The Robotics Summit May 10-11, 2022 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Automate 2022 June 6-9, 2022 TCF Center, Detroit, MI
(Booth #3600)

IMTS 2022 September 12-17, 2022 McCormick Place - Chicago, IL
(Booth #236111)

Pack Expo 2022 October 23-26, 2022 McCormick Place - Chicago, IL

The Assembly Show 2022 October 25-27, 2022 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

FabTech 2022 November 8-10, 2022 Georgia International Convention Center - Atlanta, GA