A low-cost solution for industrial robots

The NEW Capacitive F/T Sensor, a low-cost solution for industrial robots, pressing force control, grinding, deburring, etc., was recently introduced by ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC. The Capacitive F/T Sensor measures the full six components of force and torque (Fx, Fy, Fz, Tx, Ty, Tz). The sensor is IP65-rated for protection against dust and water spray and hard mechanical stops are implemented for overload protection. Easy output options include computer connection via optional USB and Ethernet conversion cables.

The Capacitive F/T's Force Range (Fx, Fy, Fz) is 45 lbf (200 N) and Torque Range (Tx, Ty, Tz) is 35 in-lb (4 Nm). Output options include an Ethernet conversion box that allows connection to Ethernet networks, USB conversion cables that allow connection to a personal computer or other devices and is powered by the USB output, and RS-422 serial connection, which provides unterminated wires for data signals and user 5 VDC power input.

ATI also offers a wide range of custom and standard silicon strain gage-based sensor models from 17 mm to 330 mm and include environmental protection (IP) on most models. All ATI F/T Sensors measure six components of force and torque (Fx, Fy, Fz, Tx, Ty, Tz), and feature a compact design, hardened stainless steel construction, high-speed output, overload protection, span temperature compensation options, and high signal-to-noise ratio.
ATI Industrial Automation is a world-leading, engineering-based developer of robotic peripheral equipment, including Automatic Tool Changers, Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensing Systems, Robotic Deburring Tools, Robotic Collision Sensors, and Compliance Devices. ATI's engineering department, the largest of its kind for a robotic tooling company, is focused on developing cost-effective, state-of-the-art products and solutions that improve robotic productivity.

For more information about the Capacitive Six-Axis Force/Torque Sensor and other ATI products, contact ATI Industrial Automation, 1031 Goodworth Drive, Apex, NC 27539, phone
919-772-0115, fax 919-772-8259,

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US Digital is pleased to announce the launch of the E4T, their latest series of miniature high performance optical encoders. The E4T series delivers a marked performance increase over similar encoder models and designed to be an enhanced replacement for the E4P encoder series. The E4T utilizes state of the art transmissive optical sensing technology, and incorporates US Digital's own proprietary OptoASIC. Assembly of the E4T is simple and efficient and retains the previous E4P's form factor. Key features of the new E4T include: • Mechanically and Electrically Interchangeable with E4P • Improved Quadrature Signal Strength • 100 kHz Frequency Response • Transmissive Optical Design • Collet Style Push on Optical Disk Design (Patent Pending) • Simple & Efficient Assembly Process As with all of our products the E4T is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver, Washington USA facility and is available for purchase as of December 2014.