New Scale Robotics has announced the first multi-tool mounting system for the smallest collaborative robots. The new NSR-MTM-3-URe Multi-Tool Mount (NSR-MTM) System allows users to mount and control up to three grippers or other tools on one Universal Robots (UR) e-Series cobot.
The NSR-MTM System allows users to quickly set up and perform multiple processes with one robot. Benefits include:
- Higher throughput in small part handling and inspection tasks.
- Fewer large moves, for reduced cycle times without compromising safety.
- The ability to automate more processes with fewer robots.
The NSR-MTM System includes both hardware and software. With low mass and small size, the hardware is compatible with UR’s smallest UR3e cobot. The integrated Freedrive button enables one-handed positioning to teach and set positions. The software enables fast setup and easy programming of up to three devices in one user interface on the UR teach pendant.
NSR Devices Software is a new URCaps plugin for UR e-Series robots. Users can quickly add multiple tools to the single user interface, build tool processes with a few clicks, and run complex automation or inline inspection programs with ease. Other smart features include dynamic adjustment of tool center of gravity depending on mass of object picked.
The MTM hardware mounts to the UR robot tool flange with four screws and one connector to the internal tool port. Up to three tools are mounted on the MTM faces using the standard ISO 9409-1-50-4-M6 interfaces and M8 round connector. The MTM mount uses power and RS485 signals from the robot’s internal cables and slip rings. No external cables are required.
Applications include small part picking, movement, measurement, data logging, sorting and assembly. Used with the small and precise grippers from New Scale Robotics, the NSR-MTM System allows increased productivity from multiple tools while still fitting in the tightest spaces.