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Robotic Tool-Changing Systems

Stäubli Connectors offers a new range of compact robotic tool changing systems covering a payload range up to 80 kg. They can accommodate several transfer technologies precise repeat accuracy of +/-1.5 µm.

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The new range—MPS015, MPS025, MPS035, MPS055, and MPS080—is based on a modular product concept featuring three options to create an ideal tool changing system. The designation MPS COMPLETE stands for the pre-configured complete systems ready for immediate use with the shortest delivery time. With MPS MODULAR, Stäubli offers individually assembled customer solutions that are also ready for immediate use and can be delivered at a short notice. MPS CUSTOMIZED systems are specifically adapted to the customer's application requirements.

"Our new MPS systems for payloads up to 80 kg offer a comprehensive solution concept," says Norbert Ermer, Stäubli´s Business Head for Robotic Tool Changers in Bayreuth, Germany. "From material processing and parts handling, to quality inspection via video, we can transfer just about any technology."

Feed-throughs for pneumatics or vacuums have already been integrated into the locking units of these new systems. For flexible functional expansion, numerous additional modules are available for the transmission of pneumatics and vacuum, for signal and data transmission, or for shielding, grounding, tool coding, and data storage. The variety of possible technology combinations is thus almost infinite.

Stäubli customers can position the transmission modules very flexibly and thus adapt them to the robot's cable package. Solutions for every application and requirement can be efficiently configured using a simple order code.

The robot side of the MPS tool changer is equipped with all the necessary modules to be able to use the tools relevant for the robot. On the tool side, only the transmission modules that are required for the operation of the respective tool are needed. This makes it possible to operate up to six differently equipped tool sides with one robot side in order to achieve an optimal ROI.

"Thanks to the extensive and flexible tooling options, we are able to configure optimal solutions for our customers," emphasises Norbert Ermer. "Our diversity of technologies can be easily integrated to completely open up new productivity opportunities for many industries - from electronics and mechanical engineering to metalworking and the plastics industry."

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