ATI has unveiled its Axia80 force/torque sensor, which the company claims can measure all six components of force and torque. The company notes that this monolithic instrumented transducer also features silicon strain gauges that reduce noise, enable high stiffness and provide overload protection five to twenty times over the sensing range.
The unit is programmed with two different calibrations that the operator can switch between while the application is running. ATI says the default calibration allows for a large sensing range during high-speed moves or while applying high force, while the smaller calibration suits more delicate processes that require higher resolution and accuracy.
Said to be suitable for robotic assembly, grinding, and polishing applications, all the electronics are built into the transducer body and the sensor connects directly to the robot controller, communicating through EtherCAT or Ethernet.