Visumatic has launched the VCM-3X.2 collaborative robot module, a complete assembly feed and drive end of arm tooling (EOAT) package for use by machine builders. The VCM-3X.2 module includes an automatic screwfeeder, drive system, skeleton robot program, and end effector for direct mounting to a collaborative robot wrist.
The lightweight VCM-3X.2 allows maximum robot movement speed without sacrificing collaborative safeguards. It incorporates Visumatic’s bit advance assembly with dual powered motion for precise controlled fastener installation. Slide position sensors confirm bit advance and retract, reporting to the robot controller that it is OK to move when the bit reaches the home position. When combined in this way, these features ensure a repeatable joining operation.
The VCM-3X.2 drive tooling performs the bit advance motion so that the collaborative robot does not have to emulate the hand/arm motion required to follow through the screw drive from start to finish. The Visumatic system goes through the drive motions with the robot stationary, simplifying programming requirements and allowing faster set up.
Cobot screwdriving system
The cobot screwdriving system can work with the user’s choice brand of collaborative robot. Most applications will not require traditional light curtains or mechanical guarding making payback times faster. This unique combination of technology is easy to deploy and support in the plant with minimal resources.
This Visumatic system has pre-programmed fault recovery logic to automatically continue driving screws after a force safety stop. This occurs without operator intervention, maintaining process efficiency. Installing the Visumatic fastening end effector on a collaborative robot will make production flow.
Visumatic Industrial Products is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. They are experts in feeding and driving technology, specializing in automated fastening systems for factories that do product assembly work. All machinery is designed, built, and tested in-house, and offered through a distributor network in the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and the EU.
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