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Robotic tooling manufacturer ATI Industrial Automation has introduced DKD Ethernet modules that control and communicate with the company’s heavy automatic robotic tool changers.

The modules utilise Ethernet/IP while passing Devicenet network and power to the tool-side.

This provides for utilisation of Ethernet/IP on the robot up to the tool changer and short connection times to the tool-side equipment by using Devicenet Quick Connect equipment on the tooling.

The modules also feature ATI’s patent-pending arc prevention circuit, which protects all electrical power contacts against reduced life that can be caused by loads with high inrush current during coupling/uncoupling.

Provided through a connector on the tool module, ATI’s Tool Stand Interlock technology prevents uncoupling of the tooling when not safely nested in the tool stand.

DKD Ethernet module features: integrated Ethernet/IP interface; Devicenet pass-though with standard five-pin mini connector; arc prevention circuit on all electrical power contacts; two auxiliary power pass-throughs, TSI to safely uncouple the tooling; Tool-ID, adjustable from 0 to 9; integrated web server for tool changer configuration and status, internal pin block for valve electrical connections.

The module’s multi-function design requires fewer cables and connectors and allows for a compact assembly.

The modules have an anodised aluminium housing, precious metal-pated spring and contact pins and nitrile seals to ensure reliability.

Their electrical rating is 24V DC for control signals and 5A/24V DC for pass-through signals.

DKD Ethernet modules control robotic tool changers

Robotic tooling manufacturer ATI Industrial Automation has introduced DKD Ethernet modules that control and communicate with the company’s heavy automatic robotic tool changers.

The modules utilise Ethernet/IP while passing Devicenet network and power to the tool-side.

This provides for utilisation of Ethernet/IP on the robot up to the tool changer and short connection times to the tool-side equipment by using Devicenet Quick Connect equipment on the tooling.

The modules also feature ATI’s patent-pending arc prevention circuit, which protects all electrical power contacts against reduced life that can be caused by loads with high inrush current during coupling/uncoupling.

Provided through a connector on the tool module, ATI’s Tool Stand Interlock technology prevents uncoupling of the tooling when not safely nested in the tool stand.

DKD Ethernet module features: integrated Ethernet/IP interface; Devicenet pass-though with standard five-pin mini connector; arc prevention circuit on all electrical power contacts; two auxiliary power pass-throughs, TSI to safely uncouple the tooling; Tool-ID, adjustable from 0 to 9; integrated web server for tool changer configuration and status, internal pin block for valve electrical connections.

The module’s multi-function design requires fewer cables and connectors and allows for a compact assembly.

The modules have an anodised aluminium housing, precious metal-pated spring and contact pins and nitrile seals to ensure reliability.

Their electrical rating is 24V DC for control signals and 5A/24V DC for pass-through signals.

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