Diehl Aerospace Expands Quality Testing Capacity With 2F-85 Adaptive Grippers and an FT 300 Force Torque Sensor
Diehl Aerospace manufactures computer systems for the Airbus A350 XWB. With orders for this aircraft in full swing, the production capacity of the quality testing department needed to increase quickly. Management faced a choice between adding an expensive, permanent night shift, delaying deliveries, or implementing automation.
Diehl Aerospace chose a Universal Robots UR10 robotic arm equipped with a pair of Robotiq 2F-85 Adaptive Grippers and an FT 300 Force Torque Sensor to automate the computer’s final acceptance test. The robot is responsible for precisely inserting the fragile computer case into the testing hardware, wherein every electrical interface, input, output, and sensor is double-checked.
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“The big advantage of the force torque sensor is that you can record complex movements with the path-recording function.”
“We needed a very flexible gripper with which we could easily monitor force and the distance between two points. The 2F-85 was an obvious choice.”
“There were a few concerns about job losses, but since this automation solution was a way for us to scale up—and was an addition to the team, not a replacement—it soon came to be seen as good news.”
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