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Active Compliance Force Device

The AFD310 is one of PushCorp's Next Generation Active Compliance products, which utilizes the most cutting edge technology available on the market today. The interal components have been totally redesigned to increase the dynamic response of the tool as well as to reduce the lead times on new builds and repairs. Additionally, the brand new FCUFLEX contoller gives a wide range of control options to make it easier than ever to interface with your PLC, robot controller, or personal computer.

The PushCorp AFD310 Series Active Compliance Force Devices utilizes an advanced closed-loop force control technology. Using this patented technology, the AFD310 Series provides incredibly accurate performance. This superior performance is immediately realized through greatly increased production rates with consistent, high-quality results.

The AFD310 Series is available in two configurations: AFD310-1 Vertical and the AFD310-2 Horizontal. The units are functionally identical, but differ in the orientation with which they attach to the robot, either vertically or horizontally. This allows you to optimize robot reach and dexterity for your particular application.

Here are just a few operations the AFD310 Series, matched with the proper process equipment, can accomplish faster, more accurately, and with greater control than ever before:

  • Grinding (molds, weld beads)
  • Deburring (parting lines, chamfer)
  • Polishing (glass, wood, sheet metal)
  • Drilling/Chamfering (thru-hole, to-depth)
  • Weld Shaving
  • Any other process which requires an accurate, compliant, continuously adjustable applied force.
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  • Quick setup
  • Consistent force regardless of orientation
  • Automatic acceleration compensation
  • Automatic payload weight measurement
  • Force can be varied based on slide position
  • 70 lb [310 N] maximum compliant force
  • 0.8 in [20 mm] Linear compliant stroke
  • Fast mechanical response
  • All fittings, fasteners, and threaded holes are METRIC
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Max Force: 70 lbs [310 N]
Force Accuracy:±0.2 lb. [±1.0 N]
Update Rate:2 mSec
Max Payload Weight:70.0 lbs [31 kg]
  (excluding payload)
AFD310-1 - 17 lbs [7.7 Kg]
AFD310-2 - 12 lbs [5.5 Kg]
Compliant Stroke:0.8 in [20 mm]
Supply Air:Dry, 5µm Filtered,
80 psi [5.5 Bar]

Specifications subject to change without notice. These values are based on measurements taken in a laboratory environment. Real-world results may be degraded due to external factors beyond PushCorp’s control.
U.S. Patent No. 5,448,146

Mounting Configurations

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The AFD310 Series Compliant Force Device uses an active closed-loop control scheme where, the it works in concert with a remote FCUFLEX Active Compliance Controller. This controller executes proprietary algorithms and continuously monitors the force applied to the work surface via a precision load cell. By immediately correcting any detected force variation, this advanced technology allows the AFD310 Series to apply forces accurate to within ±0.2 lbs. [±1.0 N] over their entire operational force range.

Active compliant force control provides many useful features. The AFD310 Series have the built-in ability to precisely weigh the process equipment and compensate for gravity induced forces in any orientation. This means that if you want to apply 8.2 lbs. [36.5 N] of force to a surface, then the AFD310 will apply 8.2 lbs. [36.5 N] in any orientation; horizontal, vertical, even upside-down, without

any additional integration effort from you. In addition, force variations due to acceleration effects are automatically corrected allowing you to use much higher speeds over contoured surfaces and around corners.

Integrating the AFD310 Series system into your workcell could not be any easier, since the system is completely stand-alone and is not robot dependent. The installation setup consists of mounting the FCUFLEX Controller, attaching one small flexible air supply line, mounting the AFD310, and connecting the supplied controller cable to the AFD. The simple Microsoft Windows® software setup means that you can be up and running your process in a matter of minutes.

All these features combine to make the PushCorp AFD310 Series the most advanced, dependable, and cost effective force control system available today.