Robotics technology provider of multi-axis force and torque sensors OptoForce has renamed its HEX-70-XE-200N and HEX-70-XH-200N end-of-arm robot sensors. Both also include several new enhancements — though the sensors’ prices will remain the same.
The HEX-70-XE-is now the HEX-E.
The HEX-70-XH-200N is now the HEX-H.
Both models are part of OptoForce’s 6 axis F/T sensor family, which provides measurement in six axes.
Note the key difference between the two sensors is that the HEX-E has higher precision, and the HEX-H has lower deformation. Product enhancements on both sensors include:
- Increased overload protection … so instead of having an 2x overload capacity, the new sensor versions have strengthened designs to withstand 5x overload.
- There are now integrated (built-in) sensor mounting plates to make the sensors compatible with ABB robotics. Original and enhanced sensor versions are fully compatible with Universal Robots and KUKA robots. In fact, the new sensor platform ensures full compatibility with all robot types.
- Newly modified hardware ensures that during sensor mounting, the axes of the sensor and the axes of the robot overlap.
- A new OptoForce compute box boosts computing capacity and serves as an interface to eliminate the need for an EtherCAT or Ethernet connection.
- A stronger 90° cable clamp extends the cable life and minimizes the odds of it breaking; a calibration feature boosts overall sensor precision.
In an effort to help engineers with application of these sensors, OptoForce has released two videos. The first video (How to Insert a Connector) shows how to attach an Ethernet connector during an assembly task with the help of the OptoForce Connector Insertion application. This setup works with different connector types such as a micro USB, mini jack, or mini HDMI connectors. The second video (How to Insert a Bulb) demonstrates how to work with bayonet mounts where rotations fix two parts. The video also shows how a light bulb is inserted into a GU10 socket.
For additional product information about the HEX-E and HEX-H visit optoforce.com/6-axis-f-t-sensor.
Founded in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary, OptoForce delivers leading robotics technology to provide organizations with multi-axis force and torque sensors for use in their robots. OptoForce force/torque sensors use infrared light to detect deformations of the silicone sensor structure as weight or other forces change, and can adjust its hold on the component, introducing a sense of touch for robotics grippers and automation technologies. OptoForce develops and supplies these radically new sensors via global distributors to a broad range of industries, including industrial robotics, health care, gaming, automotive, and home-appliances markets.