Facilities incorporating industrial automation into their manufacturing processes continually strive to improve efficiency through increased speed and greater precision. Often the most direct means to achieve these goals is reduced weight and increased stiffness of the robotics, and in particular the end effectors. Lightweight end effectors translate directly to increased speed on the production line, higher precision, reduced motor and actuator loads, and improved reliability.
Element 6 Composites has worked with companies in the injection molding, beverage, and consumer products industries, as well as companies that specialize in the design and fabrication of automated systems, to replace metal end effectors with carbon fiber composites. Substantial decreases in weight are possible with optimized composite systems, with weight reductions of 50% or more common.
Leveraging in-house finite element analysis, CAD design, and tool making, Element 6 Composites regularly works with customers to produce highly specialized end effectors. If your company is interested in learning more about using carbon fiber composites in robotic end effectors and automation, please contact us to discuss your specific application.