End-Effector Parts and Research

End-Effector Parts and Research

ATI Industrial Automation is the world-leading engineering-based developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Utility Couplers, Material Removal Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, Manual Tool Changers, and Compliance Devices. Our robot end-effector products are found in thousands of successful applications around the world. Since 1989, our team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers has been developing cost-effective, state-of-the-art end-effector products and solutions that improve robotic productivity.

What We Did

We worked for ATI designing electrical modules for their robotic tool changers and conducted research and development in several domains, including electronics, hardware, software, and testing. Over the course of our work with ATI, we designed 26 modules which were taken from concept to manufacture and delivered to customers.

We covered each of the following domains:

  • Robotics & Automation
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical Engineering (Hardware)
  • Electrical Engineering (Software)
  • Embedded Systems 
  • Manufacturing & Testing

We designed parts in SolidWorks and produced shop drawings for parts that were produced and assembled at ATI. We worked side-by-side with ATI through the production of each of the first articles until they were released for manufacturing. In addition to this work, we conducted research on developing an active-compliant end-effector tools, as well as contact-free modules to connect industrial networks such as Ethernet, DeviceBus, and ProfiBus without electrical contact using wireless and fiber optic.