Press Release Summary:
Cobotics(TM) iLiftÂ® Intelligent Lifting and Balancing System is operated by grasping slide handle, or load itself, and applying force in desired direction. System amplifies operator strength, allowing payloads to be moved with minimal effort within user-defined vertical boundaries. With vertical operating speeds up to 137 fpm, system also features mass estimation and load weight comparison functions as well as capacity overload protection.
Original Press Release:
Stanley Assembly Technologies Introduces New Servo Lifting Device
Cobotics(TM) iLift® Intelligent Lifting and Balancing System now available with 500 lb. (226 kg) capacity
Cleveland, Ohio-April 6, 2005...Stanley Assembly Technologies announces a significant new addition to its Cobotics family of Intelligent Assist Devices (IAD's). Now available with a lifting capacity of 500 lb. (226 kg), the Cobotics iLift Intelligent Lifting and Balancing System allows operators to manipulate loads with increased precision, while enabling faster cycle times and improving handling ergonomics.
The Cobotics iLift System is operated simply by grasping a slide handle, or the load itself, and gently applying force in the desired direction. The iLift System effectively amplifies operator strength, allowing payloads to be moved with minimal effort. This powerful, new IAD features programmable virtual limits that prevent load movement beyond user-defined vertical boundaries and stop loads precisely with no noticeable delay.
Stanley Cobotics IAD's utilize proprietary control technology that enables operator and IAD to work in tandem-for swift, smooth, precise movements. Cobotics IAD's use patented "intent sensors" to quantify the speed and direction of the motion that the operator requires. Proprietary algorithms then direct the movement of the IAD. This advanced control system enables the IAD to adjust to changes in load mass and operator intent.
Offering a blend of power-assist and hands-on ("float-mode") load positioning, the iLift System combines computerized control with human manipulation. The float mode enables:
o Hands-on ("float mode") fine tuning of load position.
o Automatic mass estimation (patented).
o Movement of loads without the need to push buttons from the central control position- shaving seconds from cycle times.
The iLift System is designed to maximize the capability of end effectors. The system's programmable hub utilizes internal logic to control end effector functions via air cylinders, interlocks, proximity switches, and a locally mounted E-Stop. The iLift also mounts to most standard trolleys and can be configured in tandem with the Stanley iTrolley(TM) to create multi-axis Intelligent Assist Device (IAD) systems. For added versatility, the iLift can be configured to provide vertical lift for rigid-arm systems.
With vertical operating speeds of up to 137 fpm (0.7 m/s), this powerful IAD offers a continuously variable speed range for maximum control. The iLift System also features an error-proofing function, which automatically compares actual load weight to an expected value. By identifying loads that are either under or over a user-programmable expected weight, operators can easily and reliably identify errors that may have occurred in assembly or packing operations.
Fully self-contained, the iLift System can be equipped with an optional Ethernet connection for communication with plant information systems. The system's fully programmable central hub functions as a miniature PLC, providing programmable I/O for end-effector functions. The system can be configured via PC or PDA.
An optional pendant handle is equipped with low-effort proportional control buttons for precise up/down movement of awkward or hard-to-manipulate loads. An optional remote slide handle is available for end-effector integration.
Additional system features include:
o Locked position, for drift-free payload changes-ideal for dumping applications.
o Precision set-down
o Speed reduction points
o Load interlock
o Odometer function
o Capacity overload protection
The Stanley Cobotics(TM) family of Intelligent Assist Devices also includes the 150 lb. capacity iLift® Intelligent Lifting and Balancing System, the iTrolley(TM) Intelligent Rail System and the RailCobot(TM) Intelligent Arm System. Stanley offers both IAD component sales as well as turnkey IAD material handling solutions, including rail system and end-effector design/installation. With over 40 years of experience in implementing assembly solutions, Stanley is positioned to support the global assembly market. For additional information, contact Stanley Assembly Technologies at 877-709-8006 or at www.StanleyAssembly.com.
The Stanley Works (NYSE:"SWK") is a worldwide supplier of tools, hardware, doors, fastening systems, automatic doors, storage systems and hydraulic attachments for professional, industrial and consumer use. The company also supplies access control solutions including automatic door and locking systems for commercial applications. Our innovative products help people utilize their skills, express their creativity and realize their visions on work sites around the globe. Brand names include Stanley®, Cobot®, iLift®, iTrolley(TM), RailCobot(TM), Goldblatt®, Bostitch®, Jensen®, Mac®, Proto®, Best®, LaBounty®, Vidmar® and Zag®.
For additional information, Contact Joe Jerdonek:
Stanley Assembly Technologies, 5335 Avion Park Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 461-5500
Fax: (440) 461-5592