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.
- 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
- 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
Plastech Inc., a manufacturer of sealing devices for the automotive industry.
To design, produce and assemble robotic end-of-arm tooling.
To create a lightweight and resistant robotic hand in order to reduce the robot’s payload during movements.
- 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.
Company in the ground transport field.
To produce a robotic hand section for use on a large-volume production line.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.