ATI’s RC deburring tool series are high-speed and lightweight, air turbine-driven devices for deburring aluminum, steel, etc. with a robot or CNC machine.

High-Speed, Lightweight Deburring Tools

March 14, 2017
Air turbine-driven devices among several automation and robotics technologies to be introduced Pneumatically controlled, radially compliant tools New lightweight tool changer Modular tool stands

ATI INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION will be introducing several new automation and robotics technologies in the coming weeks, including new radially compliant deburring tools. The RC-900 and RC-1040 radially compliant deburring tools feature the same air-actuated compliance as ATI’s current models, but offer a motor that is 50% more powerful.

ATI's RD-390-NL offers significantly lower speed, radially compliant deburring, and runs at 2,800 RPM while under load and 5,600 RPM under no load. It also features a no-lube motor that eliminates the need for an exhaust air oil extractor. All three new models can convert from full-radial compliance to single-axis compliance. 

ATI’s RC deburring tool series, also known as Flexdeburr, are high-speed and lightweight air turbine-driven deburring units for deburring aluminum, plastic, steel, etc. with a robot or CNC machine. The RC deburring tool is especially suited for removing parting lines and flash from parts. However, its flexible design allows it to be used in a wide variety of applications.

The RC series’ pneumatically controlled, articulated design allows the cutting bit to follow the part profile and compensate for surface irregularities while maintaining and setting a constant force. This allows high feed rates with uniform quality in any orientation. The tool also requires no oil, allowing clean exhaust air to be vented directly into the work environment.

Compliance is supported by air pressure applied to the shaft of the unit and is used to perform consistent deburring on irregular part patterns. The motor’s internal governor maintains high spindle speeds for optimum surface finish.

RC deburring tools use standard industrial tungsten-carbide bits, which allows for adaptation to changing assembly lines and part requirements. The tools provide for side mounting and axial mounting: side-mounting provides two locating dowel pins and four threaded holes; axial mounting uses a tapered flange that requires an adapter plate. Custom adapter plates for both side and axial mounting are available.

The QC-46 tool changer weighs just 6.5 lb. and has a low (2.61 in.) stack height. It handles payloads up to 110 lb. and can accommodate up to seven separate utility modules to handle a variety of signals, fluid, air, and other requirements.

The new products will be introduced at the 2017 Automate Show and Conference, April 3-6, in Chicago. Also to be introduced by ATI at that event: the QC-46 tool changer, which weighs just 6.5 lb. (2.98 kg) and has a low stack height (2.61 in./66.3 mm). It uses the same locking mechanism as the QC-40 tool changer, and handles payloads up to 110 lbs (50 kg). It can accommodate up to seven separate utility modules to handle a large variety of signals, fluid, air, and other requirements. The QC-46 features optional internal lock/unlock sensing and direct mount to robots with a 100-mm ISO pattern. 

In addition, ATI will introduce modular tool stands that maximize flexibility with ATI’s Robotic Tool Changer models, allowing users to “build your own” tool storage rack based on the number of tools, positioning, orientation, and mounting arrangements required; and the Axia80 Force/Torque Sensor, a lower-cost sensing device with all the electronics built into the transducer body which keeps the cost down and footprint smaller, while excelling in accuracy, resolution, and robustness.

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