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Apex Tool Group

An Industry First: Rapid Swap Spindle Groups Utilizing Same Controller Lexington, South Carolina, January 9, 2014- DC Electric Assembly Manufacturer, DGD®, a brand of Apex Tool Group, LLC, is pleased to announce the new Rapid Swap Spindle Group with the same controller. Increase robot fastening productivity and flexibility, look no further than the patent pending Intelli-Swap™ System paired with DGD Intelligent Spindles™. When used with an automatic tool changer on a robot, our rapid plug-and-play feature allows changing from one group of spindles to another utilizing the same controller. The Intelli-Swap™ feature provides the ability to have an infinite number of pre-set spindle configurations in a station and automatically select the desired configured set based on the particular product to be assembled. It only takes approximately 17 seconds to establish a system-ready status after connecting to a new group of spindles. If quicker status-ready response is required, the optional Intelli-Swap Max™ system is available. This option reduces the system-ready time to approximately 7 seconds. DGD Intelligent Spindle™ systems offers many benefits when used on robots over conventional fastening systems. The following are a few of the many benefits: • Reduction in capital equipment cost - No need for multiple robots - No need for multiple controllers • Increase overall equipment effectiveness - High reliability - Ease of service and maintenance - Rapid change over time - World class spindle free speed • Lower total cost of ownership - Reduced field cables - Reduced number of controllers - Simplified cable management - Reduced floor space - Reduction in spare parts Key differentiation over our competitors: • Ability to swap from one group of spindles to another utilizing the same controller • Only 1 cable is needed from the controller to a group of spindles • World class spindle free speed There is additional product information outlined in our brochure # SP-803-EN



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