Tool Positioning System, operator guidance for zero-fault assembly
Atlas Copco's latest contribution to raising accuracy and productivity in assembly plants is the TPS - Tool Positioning System.
Simple to operate – immediate feedback
During a tightening sequence, the TPS controller determines the position of the tool together with the encoders on the torque arm and sends OK or NOK signals to the tool controller. The tool controller will only allow the tool to operate if it is in the correct position. After a correct tightening, which generates an OK signal from the tool, the operator will receive an OK signal from the colour screen on the TPS and is able to move to the next position.
The operator positions the tool in the arm over the selected joints in the correct sequence. Each position is confirmed by the TPS. The job sequence is validated and set-up can be saved. The TPS can store up to 50 jobs and up to 500 positions.
A stand-alone system
The TPS is a stand-alone system that works together with Atlas Copco Power Focus, Tensor DL/DS, MicroTorque controllers and EBL RE screwdrivers. Options include a barcode reader, a result report function and a pneumatic tool licence. Since an operator can learn to operate the system in a very short time, TPS is ideal for workplaces that operate job rotation or employ temporary staff.
Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2010, Atlas Copco had 33 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 70 (BEUR 7.3).
Atlas Copco’s Industrial Technique business area provides industrial power tools, assembly systems, quality assurance products, software and services through a global network. It innovates for sustainable productivity for customers in the automotive and aerospace industries, industrial manufacturing and maintenance, and in vehicle service. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, France and Japan.