Midwest Engineered System’s Force/Torque system is a package of hardware and software that enhances the ability of a robot to perform specific applications.
Force/Torque systems allow for the robot a way to “feel” the work it is doing. This is useful in applications where the perception of touch (force) can enhance the robot’s performance to perform sensitive tasks.
In the sensor, the force/torque values are measured and converted to digital values, which are communicated to the robot controller via a digital interface. These values are measured every 4-12 milliseconds.
The force and torque values are used by the robot’s force/torque application software. This software runs in the robot controller to make small adjustments to a pre-programmed path. These adjustments use specific algorithms to optimize the process you want to perform.
Midwest Engineered systems offers real-time force/torque monitoring. As the specific force/torque application is run, a graph of all the specific forces and torques experienced by the sensor are graphed on a screen. This can be useful for troubleshooting and fine tuning applications.
Force/Torque applications include precision part alignment such as: valve into a valve, spool valve insertion into valve sleeves, shaft alignment when assembling into a bearing housing, precision grinding/buffing, product testing, and much more!