Universal Robots certifies ATI’s automated tool changer QC-11

May 08, 2019

ATI Industrial Automation’s QC-11 automatic tool changer is now certified to work seamlessly with collaborative robots from Universal Robots, joining more than 150 products in the UR+ portfolio featuring plug-and-play solutions for UR cobots.

The QC-11 enables automatic exchange of robotic end-effectors without any manual intervention. With the tool changer, a robot can use multiple end-effectors in a single process. Preceding the QC-11 in the UR+ program are ATI’s Axia80 Force/Torque Sensor and MC-10 manual tool changer. A

The QC-11 is the first automated tool changer developed in the Americas to obtain UR+ certification and will be featured at ATI Industrial Automation’s Automation Expo held at the company’s recently expanded and renovated headquarters in Apex, North Carolina. When coupled, the Master and Tool weigh less than 0.25 kg (0.55 lbs), with a combined stack height of 52.4 mm (2.06 in). The small footprint of the QC-11 helps to optimize the robot payload and work envelope while supporting the maximum UR payload of 10 kg (22 lbs).

ATI’s patented, pneumatically-actuated, fail-safe, locking mechanism provides strong, repeatable coupling. It also ensures that the tooling remains securely attached to the robot—even during a loss of air pressure. The QC-11 features six integrated M5 pneumatic pass-through ports. It allows for an optional, accessory mounted, M8 connector for up to eight pass-thru electrical pin connections. Users can incorporate a compatible pin-and-bushing tool stand for storage of the additional end-of-arm tools as well.

The UR+ program debuted in 2016 and has since grown to include 155 products from 400 companies active in the UR+ developer program.