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Active contact flange

January 19, 2011
By Mary Del

The Active Contact Flange is a combination of highly sensitive sensor and actor elements, which can be employed between tools and handling systems, and in processing machinery. The flange makes automatic, touch-sensitive surface processing possible in combination with fast and targeted force regulation. Pneumatic elements provide immediate and independent compensation for fluctuations in contact pressure of up to a maximum of 500N without the need to wait for a reaction from the control. Moreover, the mechanical design of the Active Contact Flange minimizes the risk of workpiece damage due to tool collisions. 

The Active Contact Flange comes with a modern KEBA control unit and can be employed immediately for universal applications. The program logic can be quickly extended in the IEC program language. Furthermore, as a result of common communications interfaces and the standardized flange connection, quick and straightforward integration into existing control systems is guaranteed, the company says. Data concerning the actual force, position and contact situation is provided on a permanent basis; therefore, a comprehensive process parameter logging is secured. Separate process and quality controls are unnecessary, as all working phases are entirely reproducible.


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