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Compliant Force Tools

PushCorp Compliant Force Tools give a robot a "human" touch. When attached to robot arm, their sliding carriage allows whatever tool is attached to maintain contact with part surface with a specific force. This capability opens up a wide range of manufacturing processes to robotic automation -- any process where a person must maintain contact between a tool or abrasive and a part!

Active Technology

Active Compliant Tools utilize internal closed-loop, feedback control along with internal force, acceleration and position sensors to accurately apply the desired force to the your part. Accurate force is maintained over contours, in any orientation. Just tell it what force you want and an Active tool will apply it up, down, sideways or any orientation in between.

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Passive Technology

Passive Compliant Tools are simple, less-expensive, open-loop devices. They rely on external, customer-supplied air pressure regulators to set the applied force. While they may lack the ultra-high precision and flexibility of Active compliance, they work extremely well for less demanding flat or prismatic parts or more specialized processes like Weld Shaving where high-accuracy force control is unnecessary.

By design, Active and Passive tools with similar force capacities are the same size. So it is easy to switch from one technology to the other if your needs change!

Mounting Configurations

Parallel

When combining PushCorp's spindle and force compliance devices there are two ways that they can be mounted. The first way is a parallel configuration. This is great setup when using media such as flap disks and DA sanders. The direction of compliance is parallel with the spindle, which can be seen above in the animation. This video shows how a parallel setup can be used in a real world application.

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Perpendicular

The second mounting option is a perpendicular configuration. This is great setup when using media such as bristle brushes or saw blades. The direction of compliance is perpendicular with the spindle, which can be seen above in the animation. This video shows how a perpendicular setup can be used in a real world application.

Active Compliant Tools


AFD1000 Series

  • Force Capacity: 50 lbs. [222 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 0.1 Lbs. [± 0.4] Force Resolution
  • Compliant Stroke: 0.8 in [20mm]

AFD1000-2


AFD1100 Series

  • Force Capacity: 100 lbs. [444 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 0.2 Lbs. [± 0.8] Force Resolution
  • Compliant Stroke: 1.6 in [40mm]

AFD1100-2


AFD1200 Series

  • Force Capacity: 250 lbs. [1112 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 0.5 Lbs. [± 2.2] Force Resolution
  • Compliant Stroke: 1.6 in [40mm]

AFD1200-2


FCU 1000 Controller

  • Closed-loop force control
  • Required for all active compliant tools
  • Microsoft Windows™ graphical configuration software
  • RS-232 Serial, 24V Digital, ± 10V Analog Interfaces

FCU1000

Passive Compliant Tools


AFD52 Series

  • Force Capacity: 8 lbs. [37 N]
  • Compliant Stroke: 1.0 in [25 mm]

AFD52


AFD72 Series

  • Force Capacity: 50lbs. [222 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 0.7 lb./psi [± 45.2 N/Bar]
  • Carriage Position Output Signal: 0 - 10 VDC
  • Compliant Stroke: 0.8 in [20mm]

AFD72-2


AFD82 Series

  • Force Capacity: 100 lbs. [444 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 1.4 lb./psi [± 90.4 N/Bar]
  • Compliant Stroke: 1.6 in [40mm]
  • Carriage Position Output Signal: 0 - 10 VDC

AFD82-2

AFD92 Series

  • Force Capacity: 250 lbs. [1112 N]
  • Force Resolution: ± 2.6 lb./psi [± 166 N/Bar]
  • Compliant Stroke: 1.6 in [40mm]
  • Carriage Position Output Signal: 0 - 10 VDC

AFD92-2