advintec TCP tool measurement

Applicable for all robot brands.

advintec TCP

calculation and calibration of robotic tools and fixtures in up to 6 dimensions

The challenge

Continually securing the correct operating position for fixtures and robotic tools such as welding torches and milling tools.

The solution

The advintec TCP tool calibration system calibrates the tool or fixture electronically in up to six dimensions. The robot program is automatically corrected by the measured variations and ensures that the tool always operates at the correct position. advintec TCP is a high-precision calibration system that can be used for all robot types and most robotic tools, making it independent of specific manufacturers.

Your benefit

Correction takes place directly and automatically in the ongoing production process.

Sizes & dimensions

advintec TCP precision infrared sensors - available in three sizes (internal dimensions):

  • 120 mm × 120 mm
  • 240 mm × 240 mm
  • 320 mm circular

advintec TCP high precision laser sensors - available in two sizes (internal dimensions):

  • 120 mm x 120 mm
  • 320 mm circular

advintec TCP XS sensor only available in 120 mm x 120 mm infrared

Six dimensions
A = Rotation around Z axis
B = Rotation around Y axis
C = Rotation around X axis

Advantages at a glance

  • Automatic absolute calculation of robotic tools and fixtures
  • Auto-commissioning and ease of use
  • Simplified Integration in the production line due to small footprint
  • Robust sensor available in two sizes
  • Multi-sensor-system (connection of additional sensors possible)
  • Reduction of costs
    • Prevents the production of defective parts
    • Reduces scrap and rework
    • Short setup times
  • Automatic correction of the trajectory due to wear and tear or tool-replacement
    • 100 % quality assurance
  • Connection of the calibration system to the robot controller, i.e. the calibration procedure takes place in an evaluation unit and transfers correction values to the robot controller
    • High process reliability
    • No additional PC‘s required
    • Logging of calibration data
    • Data evaluation possible at all times

Technical data

Sensor type2 channel infrared 880 nm, pulsed at 2kHz
InterfaceSerial or field bus (DeviceNet, Profibus, Profinet, etc.)
Calibration accuracy0.02 mm
Typical calibration time *3 sec. complete 2D calibration
6 sec. complete 3D calibration
9 sec. complete 5D calibration
15 sec. complete 6D calibration
Protection classIP67
Dirty surroundingsYes
CasingAluminium
Dimensions2 or 3 translations
5 (3 translations + 2 rotations)
6 (3 translations + 3 rotations)
Automatic correction of tool dataYes
Fields of applicationArc welding, stud welding, spot welding, laser cutting, tig welding, glueing, milling, drilling, grinding etc. 
6D: Gripper calibration, fixture calibration, power train applications, high precision applications
CE markYes
Operating voltage10–34 V DC
ConnectionsIBS connector, 5-pin, PE advance conn.

* calibration times can vary depending on conditions

Integration of advintec TCP-3D in the production process

  • Uncomplicated
  • Reduction of robot programming to a minimum
  • Speedy installation
  • Easy set-up
  • Logging of calibration-data: regular data evaluation possible at any time
  • No additional PCs required

Schematic: TCP and fixture calibration

Integration of advintec TCP-3D in a robotic welding cell

Scope of supply

  • 1) TCP sensor
  • 2) TCP controller
  • Cable set (5 m): power cable, sensor cable, bus cable set
  • Robot program examples
  • Documentation download

Not included:
3) Robot controller, 4) Robot

Applications

Applicable for all rotation-symmetric tools

For special applications we offer you optional technology packages

TCP software milling

This software add-on was developed specifically for milling applications and allows the calibration of rotating tools with cutting edges such as milling tools and drill bits. In addition to the tool calibration it also contains a tool breakage detection.

TCP software stud welding

This software add-on was developed specifically for the calibration of stud welding tools with a foot. It facilitates the calibration of the stud or chuck, whereas the software can differentiate between the chuck and the foot.

TCP software sealant nozzle (hook nozzle)

This software add-on was developed specifically for the calibration of sealant nozzles with special geometries (hook nozzles) for hem sealing.

TCP software tandem torch

Both welding wires can be calibrated simultaneously.

TCP software cutting tools/blades

Enables a 6D calibration of cutting blades such as deburring knives and ultrasonic knives. Exact calibration of the cutting direction.

Mobile calibration case

To avoid time-consuming program modifications during plant extension or new tool setup work, we offer absolute initial calibration as part of an automated process. This keeps followup teach-ins to a minimum. The process involves the tool being moved to the centre of the photoelectric barrier, so as to generate the tool data. Only the tolerance zone (in which the tool is permitted to move) and the starting point of the calibration need to be taught-in to the system. Once complete, the robot moves the tool within the defined tolerance zone and calibrates itself automatically with the aid of the supplied program. The advantages here include the high level of precision and the automated, standardised and reproducible procedure, which is able to eliminate the kinds of human errors that occur with conventional manual calibration. In addition, initial calibration is also both rapid and cost-effective.

Mobile calibration case for the initial calibration of unknown tools and fixtures (TCP & Base)

Flexible, mobile calibration for unknown tools and fixtures is now also possible with our mobile calibration case. Ideal for use when setting up new production lines.

Calibration case contents:

  • Precision laser sensor 120 mm x 120 mm
  • Infrared sensor 240 mm x 240 mm
  • TCP controller
  • Cable set
  • Power supply unit
  • Tripod for secure placement of the mobile sensors
  • Data interface to robot control
  • Software package
  • Commissioning documentation

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