Atlas Copco launches first fully integrated smart tool range 08 June 2021

Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions has launched a brand new tool range with inbuilt controllers – the Tensor IxB family. This collection of ergonomically designed cordless industrial tools share an integrated controller platform, making it the first generation of Atlas Copco products to feature internal controllers.

Challenging the current factory set-up, which has tools linked to a separate digital controller processing data from each operator unit, the wireless Tensor IxB range does not require a standalone controller. This enables the data management platform to run directly from the tools themselves, which can be integrated into the manufacturer’s production system. 

Each tool can be set-up with different tightening programs, positioning tags and socket selectors, which include tool heads with 360 degree rotation for tackling difficult and critical tightening applications. A virtual copy of the integrated controller settings and data backup is recorded on a smartcard, which can be moved between tools. This provides flexibility to the assembly line, for setting up new stations and rebalancing existing ones, as well as reducing the risk of human error.

“In response to regulatory and technological demands that impact how new factories are designed and operated, the launch of Atlas Copco’s Tensor IxB platform continues to reinvent the assembly process by enabling customers access to a tool family that is lighter, faster and smaller, yet delivers the same, powerful performance of cabled digital tools,” commented James McAllister, general manager at Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions. “By delivering increased flexibility and smart manufacturing capability from tools, which can be integrated directly into the production system, customers can increase efficiency, reduce their need for additional hardware, and equipment, as well as reduce energy consumption.”

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