ATI Industrial Automation released a new standard tool changing option for smaller robotic arms. ATI’s QC-29 Robotic Tool Changer is designed for robots in the 25 – 35 kg payload class. The QC-29 is the first standard ATI Tool Changer designed with a rectangular body that mounts directly to 40mm and 50mm robot wrists.
The QC-29 also includes in-body lock/unlock sensing and a new locking mechanism. It also features built-in air ports and three module mounting flats for connecting utilities.
The QC-29 is compatible with ATI’s large selection of Standard Utility Modules and Tool Stands enabling a vast array of unique configurations ranging from ultrasonic welding to servo motor support and more.
In October 2021, ATI introduced its Mini43LP Force/Torque Sensor that provides high-precision force sensing in a rugged, compact transducer. At less than 8 mm tall, the new six-axis ATI force/torque sensor is designed for smaller automated applications.
ATI was acquired by Novanta in July 2021 for $172 million in cash. The price could increase if ATI hits certain financial goals in 2021. At the time of the acquisition, ATI was expected to generate more than $70 million in sales in 2021.
The deal was a win-win for most ATI employees, not just the co-founders and higher-ups. In 2012, ATI established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). An ESOP is a federally-qualified ERISA benefit plan that makes employees owners in the company. Founded in 1989 in North Carolina, ATI has become a global company with over 350-plus employees worldwide. More than 300 of those are based in North Carolina.
Here’s a video introduction to the QC-29 tool changer. More details about the product can be found here.