End-of-arm tooling specialist OnRobot has expanded its offerings with a pair of interface products that combine with its tooling to create a novel one-system solution that it claims dramatically simplifies automation.
OnRobot’s Digital I/O Converter Kit allows the company’s tooling to be used with a full range of leading collaborative and light industrial robot brands. All OnRobot products now have a unified mechanical and communications interface based on the OnRobot Quick Changer, which is now an integrated part of all OnRobot products.
An additional Dual Quick Changer incorporates these same new capabilities while allowing the use of two tools in one cycle, mixing and matching to suit application needs and maximising robot utilisation.
According to OnRobot CEO Enrico Krog Iversen “Manufacturers are demanding more from their robotic applications, and end-of-arm tooling has become the key to optimising their investments.
“This integration of our Quick Changer across our current product lineup makes it easier than ever to switch between tools and robot types, allowing flexibility and reducing downtime for more efficient production and faster automation ROI.
“This brings us another step closer to a unified OnRobot one-system solution that makes it easy, fast and cost-effective for manufacturers to build collaborative applications, no matter which robots they choose.”
James Taylor, General Manager, APAC at OnRobot, adds: “The introduction of the One-System Solution is a huge step forward for the industry and is much needed in Australia to help local manufacturers embrace automation easily. With a speedy robot deployment process, manufacturers can reduce operational cost and reap the benefits of automation, faster”.
With the OnRobot Quick Changer – which is now integrated in all OnRobot tools - a single cable provides a universal interface for tools and communications, so there is no need to disconnect cables when changing tools, and extended communications options support a full range of robotic platforms.
For Universal Robots robot arms, OnRobot now provides a unified URCap that allows all tools to work together, even in a single program. For example, using the new Dual Quick Changer, manufacturers can use an RG2 two-finger gripper together with a VG10 vacuum gripper in one cycle, achieving greater utilisation of a single UR robot. Thanks to the unified programming solution, the setup time on UR robots is now faster than ever.
All OnRobot products now have a unified communication platform using standard fieldbus protocols, making it easy to program the tools, regardless of robot used. With the new fieldbus protocols, manufacturers can easily set software values and use more functions via a standard Ethernet cable, supporting an increased level of sophistication with a simple plug-and-produce approach that doesn’t require additional cables. Deployment time can be cut from 3 hours to 30 minutes, so manufacturers can get their collaborative application up and running quickly.
For robots that connect through digital I/O, the new OnRobot one-system solution includes an OnRobot WebLogic interface. Using the IP address of the OnRobot Compute Box, manufacturers can sign in via the OnRobot WebClient from a phone or any other network-connected device to monitor the robot or create simple robot programs.
OnRobot is supported in Australia through six distributor partners: Mobile Electrics, Scott Automation and Robotics, Collaborative Robots Australia, Auto Controls Systems, Australis Engineering, and Diverseco.