The How-To’s of Building End-Of-Arm Tooling
An industrial robot serves little purpose without robotic end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT). EOAT attaches to the wrist of an industrial robot (J6 axis for Fanuc robots; T axis for Motoman robots) and provides the connection between the robot and the product. Selecting and building the correct EOAT is paramount to the success of automating the industrial application.
Step One: The first step is to decide what type of robot end-of-arm-tooling would best fit the application. Grippers are often used in material handling applications. Welding torches and welding guns are used in arc welding and spot welding applications. Spindles attached to the robot’s wrist can drill, cut, or mill material. There are a multitude of options available for automating many types of industrial applications.
Step Two: Next, the user needs to decide whether the EOAT will be manufactured in-house or whether an outside source will design and manufacture it. Building EOAT in-house often saves money, but expertise and quality might be sacrificed in the process. Outsourcing EOAT manufacturing with an expert or industrial robot integrator can save headaches and possibly money if packaged with the purchase of a robot arm.
Whether the EOAT is manufactured in-house or by an expert in robotic integration, specifications of the part being handled, welded, or otherwise manipulated need to be addressed. Weight, length, material, and other factors affect the type, size, and orientation of the EOAT. These are very important details in the decision and installation of the EOAT.
RobotWorx manufactures and includes many robotic end-of-arm-tooling for many of the industrial robots we sell. For help choosing the right EOAT and industrial robot arm, contact the experts at RobotWorx by contacting them online or calling 877-762-6881.