In 1999 former UK family owned business Electrode Trim Services Ltd, developed the Snakebite Electrode Cap Changer (Pictures below). This system used two grippers, one for the shank and one for the cap.
MDS Technology used the experience of cap changing with the original ETS concept of the Snakebite. MDS Technology and its partners are close to bringing to the industry a significant modular and flexible system for customers.
Innovation for this new Automatic Cap Changer system will be based around proven controls technology for performance monitoring, operational function requirements and the inverter control system is sourced from a proven german manufacturing supplier to the automotive industry.
This proven control technology coupled to the new modular system will enhance the security and reliability of the automated cap changer to meet the demands of the global automotive companies who are using or looking to use more and more automated cap changing in there BIW production..