VersaFinish™ - Axially-Compliant Finishing Tool
ATI Industrial AutomationPosted 07/10/2008
ATI Industrial Automation, the leading supplier of robotic end-effectors, has released the newest addition to its line of Robotic Deburring Tools. The Axially-Compliant Finishing Tool, also known as VersaFinish™, is a robust, low-speed, high-torque air tool with an axially floating spindle, suitable for a multitude of robotic and non-robotic material finishing operations on aluminum, plastic, steel, etc. The rotating spindle is equipped with a 3/8”chuck for holding customer-supplied tools. These may include, but are not limited to, abrasive brushes, wire brushes, sanding disks, polishing points, and chamfering tools. While spinning at low speeds the customer's tool is pushed against the workpiece using an adjustable air supply to control the contact force. This constant pneumatic force allows the spindle to respond axially to changes in part profile. The force control system provides very high stiffness in the path direction and a low stiffness in the contact force direction. Optional sensing devices are available to detect the position of the spindle and monitor its speed for process development. The floating head design reacts quickly to any variances in part position or robot path. As a result, robot programming time can be reduced by up to 75%.