Editor’s note: The K show approaches, fiscal years are closing and budgets are being prepared; as a result of all of these, plus a broad economic recovery, capital investment is on the minds of many processors. We have asked experts from some of the industry’s leading suppliers to offer their tips on what processors should consider as they buy new equipment or upgrade their current equipment. Thanks to John Westbeld, engineering manager at SAS Automation (Stand 10/F19 at the K), a leading supplier of EOAT, for offering these tips. Have your own Tips of the Trade? Willing to share them? Contact us at email@example.com.)
The success of handling irregular parts depends upon the consistency of the parts to be presented to the robot in a repeatable fashion, the repeatability of the robot, and the end-of-arm tool (EOAT).
More times than not if there are going to be inconsistencies in the system, it will be with the EOAT because it is designed with the robotic limitations in mind and it interfaces with the parts. For EOAT to secure, manipulate, and deposit irregular parts effectively, consider these tips....