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Automatic Tool Changer Increases Robotic Automation Flexibility

The ATI Industrial Automation QC-7 Robotic Tool Changer allows automatic exchange of end-effectors. The QC-7 Robotic Tool Changer delivers a new standard robotic tool changing and storage solution. With it’s lightweight yet durable design the tool changer offers a variety of configuration options with ATI’s Pass-Through Utility Modules and Tool Stand systems. An optional ML12 Electrical Module attaches easily to the QC-7 Tool Changer body, which also includes five pass-through air ports and lock/unlock air fittings. The tool changer features a low stack height and mounts directly to ISO 9409-1-31.5-4-M5 robot wrists. 

The pneumatically actuated QC-7 features no-touch locking technology and a patented fail-safe locking mechanism for a secure connection between the master and tool. The design integrates lock/unlock sensors without the need for an additional interface plate. This tool changer handles payloads up to 16 kg and is compatible with variety of industrial and collaborative robot models.

ATI has also developed the CV14 Safety and Control Module to provide signal control and communication to tool changing applications. Control modules are a safe efficient way to pass controls signals through the tool changer to the end-of-arm tools and allow users to verify processes and monitor an end-effector’s status without entering the work cell. The CV14 also includes a variety of additional features including built-in safety, tool identification, connections for lock and unlock sensors, and an integrated pneumatic valve to streamline equipment needs and make the implementation process easier. CV-14 is ideal for robotic applications with payloads of 165 kg or less and is compatible with ATI’s Tool Changers and Tool Stand products. The CV14 includes Tool Stand Interlock capability, which helps to prevents accidental tool release by ensuring that the robot does not uncouple end-of-arm tools unless they are supported in the Tool Stand. The compact CV14 promotes safety and increased uptime of smaller robot applications by minimizing hazards from released tools.

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