Design and production of robotic end-of-arm tooling

Facilitate your robotic handling

Robotic end-of-arm tooling refers to the mechanical equipment used to grip and handle parts via mechanical action and/or vacuum. Combining additive and traditional manufacturing, Solaxis has developed a number of innovative concepts that bring together the key qualities required for such tooling, i.e., reliability, precision, lightness and streamlined design.

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Boost your productivity

1. Save time and money

In addition to meeting project delivery deadlines, the Solaxis team offers a product optimized for long-term use, perfectly adapted from initial requirement to final use.

  • Greater robotic efficiency is achieved thanks to lightweight tooling that diminishes equipment loads and wear;
  • Possibility of using a smaller robot;
  • Decrease in preventive maintenance cycles;
  • Longer robot lifespan.

Leverage the advantages of Solaxis products:

  • Take advantage of up to 3x shorter production timeframes: 1 to 3 weeks rather than 6 to 9;
  • Lower your payloads thanks to efficient plastics that reduce weight by 25 to 75%.

2. Limit your risks

Solaxis end-of-arm tooling delivers added safety, in order to reduce downtime and protect your equipment in case of inadvertent impacts.

Prevent major breakdowns that slow down operations:

  • In case of impact with the mold or production line, the thermoplastic end-of-arm tooling will yield, thereby protecting the most costly items;
  • Spares can be stocked at your facilities in order to quickly get your production back up and running and take advantage of economies of scale.

3. Guarantee your project’s success

Our expertise allows us to offer you more compact tooling that lower the risks of snagging. Flexible design allows for complex designs that adapt to the geometry of handled parts.

Enjoy precision and flexibility for operations of all types:

  • Great design freedom enabling you to incorporate different components into the design (e.g., internal ducts and cable pass-throughs);
  • Possibility of producing hybrid thermoplastic and aluminum assemblies, depending on requirements.

The Solaxis difference

Expertise

  • Designs that minimize tool weight
  • Possibility of producing hybrid thermoplastic and aluminum end-of-arm tooling
  • Vacuum systems
  • Mechanical gripping systems
  • Certified ISO 9001 and AS9100C
Compare our materials
  • Self-lubricating thermoplastics to minimize wear
  • Impact resistance
  • Hybrid assemblies: possibility of combining thermoplastics and aluminum

Modern facilities

  • A variety of cutting-edge manufacturing equipment
  • Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
    • Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
    • ERP system and EPDM vault

Examples of projets

réalisation d'un préhenseur robotique pour le client plastech

Customer
Plastech Inc., a manufacturer of sealing devices for the automotive industry.

Project brief
To design, produce and assemble robotic end-of-arm tooling.

Goal
To create a lightweight and resistant robotic hand in order to reduce the robot’s payload during movements.

Results

  • Thanks to the freedom of design allowed by 3D printing, the initial 22-component assembly was brought down to just 5.
  • The tooling’s weight was decreased by 70%.
  • The robot can now perform its operations faster, with a lighter payload.
  • Adding a white, washable finish facilitates optical vision inspection on the production line.
fabrication d'un préhenseur robotique pour un client dans le domaine du transport

Customer
Company in the ground transport field.

Project brief
To produce a robotic hand section for use on a large-volume production line.

Goals

  • To reduce the weight of large-size (16” x 14”) robotic end-of-arm tooling that needed to be able to move quickly, with weight being the key issue.
  • To integrate mechanical and vacuum-based gripping systems.

Results

  • Proposal of a hybrid solution combining aluminum (traditional tooling) and thermoplastic (3D printing), in order to deliver a robotic hand that would be both hard-wearing and lightweight.
  • Considerable weight reduction.
  • The assembly has been working smoothly for over 2 years.

Return on investment
When considering both the savings achieved and the increase in productivity, the ROI is very fast:

  • The tooling’s lightweight qualities allowed the use of smaller robots, in turn lowering costs.
  • The lower weight increased the tooling’s work pace.
  • Normal wear on the equipment was diminished.
  • The combination of materials lowered the number of components and hence decreased tooling maintenance.

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Frequently asked questions

Are the parts waterproof?

Generally speaking, the parts produced by our systems are porous, meaning that they allow a small amount of water to pass through. However, we have developed techniques to seal the parts in the event that waterproofing is important to your application.

Is it sufficiently resistant for inertia?

We use the thermoplastics best adapted to your requirements. However, if we see that some areas may be critical, we will instead opt for a hybrid hand based on a combination of thermoplastic and aluminum. As a result, you will achieve resistance while reducing weight.