RAD’s Ultimatic™ Collision Sensors provide crash protection and increased safety by mechanically detecting when the robot arm* has encountered an obstruction, absorbing the crash energy and quickly signaling the robot to stop – thus preventing costly damage to equipment and tooling.
RAD’s Ultimatic™ Pneumatic Collision Sensor minimizes the potential for costly damage to the robot arm or tooling in the event of a crash and maximizes uptime by automatically returning to within 0.0005″ (0.013mm) of its starting position once it has been separated from the source of the crash.
The Ultimatic™ Collision Sensor is RAD’s patented mechanical collision sensor that:
RAD’s Ultimatic™ Collision Sensor works by establishing the minimal points of contact required to restrain all degrees of freedom (movement) in normal operation. When a collision occurs and external forces upset this balance, the collision sensor provides angular, rotational and compressive compliance. This event opens a normally closed switch sending a signal to your system’s E-stop or controller.
Note: The Ultimatic™ Collision Sensor can be used as a compliance (alignment) device rather than a collision sensor by simply mounting the unit without wiring it to the robot. Please see the Compliance Device section for more end-effector compliance options.