As part of Atlas Copco’s Workstation Solutions product portfolio, we offer three Industrial Location solutions that ensure high-level system security and quality with virtually no room for human error or oversight.
Industrial Location Tethering (ILT) is a wireless tool location solution. Industrial Location Guidance (ILG) is an integrated error-proofing system that ensures process security for applications ranging from simple to complex. And finally, Industrial Location SpotPoint (ILS), our newest addition to the Industrial Location product catalog, is a wireless, high-level line of sight error-proofing process security system.
Workstation solutions from Atlas Copco simplify production processes and improve ergonomics and safety in plants, thus unlocking productivity gains once impossible. As your strategic partner, it’s important that our customers and distributors know that we are more than just a tool and assembly solution supplier. We’re on your side and on your team, ready to assist your facility in becoming as proficient as it can be.
Introducing: Industrial Location Tethering (ILT)
The Atlas Copco ILT solution consists of a base station and a tool tag. We encourage customers to visualize ILT as a virtual cable, as ILT tethers to a specific workstation, ensuring that a connected tool can only be used within its permitted work zone. Using a wireless distance measurement technology, this system monitors the distance between the base station and the tool tag. Tool orientation detection allows users to easily define criteria for roll and pitch angles, providing joint differentiation in certain applications. ILT allows for simple configuration and it communicates via Open Protocol.
With the capability to integrate with the Power Focus 6000 (PF6000) tightening controller, user-defined commands related to tools and Psets can be sent to the controller. Through a Virtual Station, your tool and assembly station accessories are controlled, bringing your plant one step closer to Smart Connected Assembly.
Introducing: Industrial Location Guidance (ILG)
This integrated, stand-alone solution tracks the location of the tool being used relative to the fastening position, guaranteeing that the correct fasteners are tightened to specification in the proper sequence at bolt accuracy level. ILG’s method of error-proofing is reliable and virtually fool-proof. A ‘forced order’ feature disables operators from choosing the tightening sequence or order of the positions. This feature ensures consistent production quality through process security, regardless of which operator is performing the tightening. Should you want to give your operators more flexibility, the ‘free order’ feature can be enabled. This feature gives operators the freedom to choose the tightening sequence or the order of the positions.
No matter the order feature chosen, ILG improves production quality through complete traceability. It reduces costs and boosts productivity by eliminating the need for additional quality checks.
Introducing: Industrial Location SpotPoint (ILS)
ILS is the newest addition to Atlas Copco’s Industrial Location portfolio. It’s a wireless, bolt-level error-proofing solution for battery powered tools, which include low reaction tools and more. ILS consists of a receiver and transmitters; the receiver triangulates the transmitter positions and generates location data values for the transmitter location. Through Open Protocol, the tool’s position is validated and used to enable or disable the tool. ILS exceeds the current industry need for flexibility, efficiency, and freedom in production processes.
Allowing for use on multiple station process types (stop stations, repair stations, even continuous moving lines), Industrial Location SpotPoint can be used with handheld or fixtured tools and it integrates with the PF6000. It easily adapts to other assembly equipment, and it no longer requires a smart arm for bolt-level error-proofing.
To sum it up
Thanks to Atlas Copco’s complete Industrial Location product portfolio, you can expect a significant boost in flexibility and productivity on the line. Indeed, Industrial Location ensures that your assembly tools are fastening the correct part on the correct bolt.
If you’re interested in learning all that Atlas Copco Workstation solutions offer, contact us today and schedule an in-person or remote demo!