Atlas Copco is continuing to evolve its Smart Connected Assembly. The Tensor IxB family is the company’s latest collection of handheld, cordless tools that share an integrated controller platform.
With the Tensor IxB platform, users get a tool family that’s lighter, faster, and smaller — while offering the same performance of cabled tools. The tools reduce the need for additional hardware and equipment, and save energy consumption. They also make it easier to set up new stations and rebalance existing ones.
Essentially, Atlas Copco is reinventing the assembly process and the Tensor IxB platform is already proving successful in several industries including for industrial manufacturing, and the automotive and aerospace sectors.
“As the functionality of the physical controller — with all its intelligence — is moved into the tool itself, it can be integrated directly to the production system,” explained Mathieu Legars, VP of marketing at Atlas Copco Motor Vehicle Industry. “Thus, performance and efficiency is enhanced. We are already collaborating with customers to design smart factories, and this with great success.”
The Tensor IxB family comes in two main tool ranges, and a variety of tool accessories. The tools are designed to improve the ergonomics for factory operators, as well as increasing the quality of the final product.
“We are continuously looking to improve our products. The wireless connectivity and light battery make it a versatile tool, which really is easy to use,” said Marcelo Mantovani, VP Marketing General Industry. “Within the Tensor IxB family, we also have tool heads with a rotation of a 360 angle. Therefore, parts in cramped areas can be effortlessly reached. This solves ergonomic issues and improves the results for critical tightening.”
Atlas Copco first presented Smart Connected Assembly in 2017, as its contribution to Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory. The Tensor IxB platform is part of the future in Smart Factories, and a great contribution to how employed data creates value for customers.