Macomb Township’s Ascent Aerospace Will Exhibit Robotic Machining Tool at IMTS

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Macomb Township's Ascent Aerospace will showcase the XMini PKM robot at the IMTS in Chicago. // Courtesy of Ascent Aerospace
Macomb Township’s Ascent Aerospace will showcase the XMini PKM robot at the IMTS in Chicago. // Courtesy of Ascent Aerospace

Ascent Aerospace, a provider of aerospace tooling systems, factory automation, and integration services headquartered in Macomb Township, will be showcasing a parallel kinematic machining (PKM) robot at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 12-17.

The XMini PKM robot licensed by Ascent from Exechon, has extreme accuracy, flexible mounting options, and is customizable to meet specific machining applications for any industry. As an expert in automated solutions and factory integration, Ascent Aerospace can incorporate robots, like this PKM, into new or existing systems to meet specific customer needs and industry requirements.

The XMini, is accurate to 30 microns, a step-change improvement over existing aerospace robotic solutions, which are limited in stiffness and speed. XMini’s rigid PKM technology maintains accuracy to 3G acceleration for faster cycle times.

As a standalone tool or as part of an existing production system, the XMini merges the flexibility and high dynamics of the articulated arm robot with the stiffness and accuracy of the rigid machine tool.

Three linear actuators provide a strong, rigid and flexible framework. A flexible head enables compound-angle operations at any angle. The head can even point back toward itself, allowing operations on all sides of a complex part in a single setup.

Unlike traditional machine tool monuments, the light, carbon fiber XMini can be mounted in any orientation, even upside down, for full 5-axis capability. The modular XMini can be taken apart and reassembled inside spaces traditionally inaccessible to machines or people, such as an aircraft wing box.

Ascent creates flexible and scalable applications to propel production for customers in the right direction to reduce cycle times or recurring costs while increasing overall quality and a safer work environment for all.

Visit Ascent Aerospace in Level 3 of the North building at booth 236367 to define the best solution to drive your manufacturing excellence.

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