End Effectors

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About End Effectors / EOATS

End effectors, also commonly known as End-Of-Arm-Tool (EOAT), are basically the hands of a robot arm. These end effectors can be made up of a combination of grippers, sensors, vision systems and custom material processing tools. The options and interchangeability are endless with all the features currently available. Tool changers are another common feature of an end effector. These allow the robot to quickly switch out its EOAT autonomously without human intervention.

Types of End Effectors

Grippers, welding torches, force-torque sensors, material removal tools, collision sensors, tool changers and other devices are examples of EOAT for robots. They can be driven manually, pneumatically, hydraulically, or electrically. The kind of EOAT that is required depends on the application.

Since they’re simple to install and offer a lot of power in a tiny container, pneumatic EOATs have proven to be the most popular at the moment and in the near future. Since pick-and-place tasks are excellent candidates for automation and robots’ grasping abilities have improved dramatically in recent years, grippers are another common EOAT for robots.

Robotic automation is rapidly becoming a crucial component of an already evolving world. The automation products Midwest Engineered Systems provides can elevate your business to new heights. Contact us today if your business is looking to expand its production capacity or to move away from the rigors of a manual labor workforce.

Types of Industrial Robots

When it comes to industrial robots, there are seven primary types. Each of these types has its own robot joint configuration and application.

Articulated Robots
Articulation with several degrees of freedom allows the articulated arms a wide range of movements.
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Cartesian Robots
Cartesian robots are robots that can do 3 translations using linear slides.
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Collaborative Robots (Cobots)
Capable of learning multiple tasks so it can assist with and work side-by-side with humans. Highly versatile and programmable.
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Cylindrical Robots
Characterized by their rotary joint at the base and at least one prismatic joint connecting its links. They can move vertically and horizontally by sliding.
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Delta Robots
Particularly useful for direct control tasks and high maneuvering operations.
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Polar/Spherical Robots
Polar robots are robot configurations with a combined linear joint and two rotary joints, with an arm connected to a robotic base and a twisting joint.
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SCARA Robots
Scara robots are robots that can do 3 translations plus a rotation around a vertical axis.
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