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Cross Robotic End Effector Control Kit

End effector control kit by Cross

Your End Effector Easy Button

This turn-key kit is “the easy button” to make your end effector work correctly. It is suitable for simple applications with one pneumatic gripper or one vacuum generator and will not drop or release load in the event of power failure.

Production stoppage is a concern for manufacturers worldwide. The failure of a single step in the process can cause production to grind to a halt. This leads to lost revenue in the form of decreased throughput, reduced production time, and cost of repair. If these potential losses are a concern for you, Cross pneumatic end effector control kits can help.

Key Features

  • Includes control valve, filter/regulator, shut-off valve, lighted DIN cables (6 ft) and 100 ft of tubing
  • Double solenoid valve design ensures that the end effector will hold its load, even in an emergency stop or loss of power situation
  • Two models: ¼” ported assembly with fittings for 6mm tubing for grippers, and ⅜” ported assembly with fittings for 8mm tubing for use with vacuum generators
  • Kit includes everything needed to make your gripper or vacuum generator work except for the end effector fittings
  • Appropriate fittings can be added to the order if port sizes of the gripper or vacuum generator are provided

System Specifications

  • Rated for up to 150 PSI input pressure
  • Adjustable pressure range of 7-125 PSI
  • 5 micron particulate filter
  • Three-way shut-off valve with lockout
  • ¼” or ⅜” NPT input port
  • Four-way, two-position valve, 24 VDC that can be operated directly from robot outputs
  • Stem plug included for vacuum generator applications or single-acting grippers

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Benefits of End Effectors

Simply put, an end effector is a device that attaches to the end of a robotic arm and allows the robot to perform its task through interaction with the desired target. They range from simple to extremely complex based on the desired robotic task. They are also crucial to the robotic automation process.

Without an end effector, an industrial robot may have no means of completing its task. How could it if it couldn’t interact with it in the first place?

These end effectors (or end of arm tooling) often require an interface to function. A human operator may tell the industrial robot how to perform its task, then periodically monitor that it is performing it acceptably and within tolerances.

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Why You Need End Effector Control

When dealing with robotic components as important to the production process as end effectors, it’s crucial you have the necessary amount of control. In the event of a power outage, would your end of arm tooling simply release whatever it was holding? Or would it be able to turn off the valve it was controlling?

These can be important factors to consider when it comes to devising a plan for something as potentially debilitating as a partial (or complete) power outage on the production floor.

If end of arm tooling control is lacking in your current production process, now is the time to consider an upgrade. Automate your processes today to maximize production potential.

Why Cross Automation?

At Cross, we’ve been an integral part of industrial automation for manufacturers for decades. There’s a reason that we’ve been around as long as we have. Robotic automation within industry isn’t something that’s going away. 

As whole industries look to automate processes, robotics will only become a more and more important aspect of many processes. From robotic repair to kitting & labeling, we’ve been a go-to automation solution for many of the leading manufacturers and industries. 

Contact us and see why today.

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