In the following article we will discuss how one company employs creative design techniques and online configuration tools to provide customized motors and gearheads for their latest robotic arm and gripper - able to fit into a wide variety of applications.
Scientists make a big leap in development of soft robotic grippers by integrating sensing mechanisms into 3D printable fingers.
The main advantage of having lightweight EOAT is the ability to handle the objects while not adding much weight to the end of the robot arm. This enables using smaller robots/machines as all their power can be utilized to handle the food products.
The array of gripper choices in the automotive, pharmaceutical and electronics and industries for pick-and-place automation systems are numerous. The many gripper styles - all of which have their own size, method of operation, and level of human interaction - is daunting.
In order to become more efficient and work more quickly but at the same time protect the health of their employees, it is worth investing in ergonomic lifting devices.
The impetus was that we wanted to get more power out of the machine and wanted to pack the pallets cleaner and more dimensionally stable. The technology, the know-how and the service convinced us of Piab, after we looked at several manufacturers.
With the growth and proliferation of collaborative robots, there has become an increased need for a wide variety of grippers and end effectors in general. One of the more challenging applications is for automated gauging and measurement of small parts.
The Zimmer Group development team also faced a tremendous challenge in developing special gripper fingers, which were intended to handle any potential type of bottle from 0.33 l up to 0.75 l by gripping the neck and body of the bottle.
The challenge is that traditional robots have been designed to perform a single task extremely efficiently. But when the item or the task changes these traditional machines need to be reintegrated and reprogrammed.
In order for electrical vacuum generators, grippers and compact ejectors to be visible to the smart factory, they must provide digital energy and process data in real time.
Robotics end of arm tools (EOAT) deployed in various industrial sectors have witnessed drastic transformations vis-à-vis technology advancements and customer demand for greater levels of productivity.
Booth #4481 (co-exhibiting with Futura Automation) - Gecko Gripper, that uses millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that adhere to a surface using powerful van der Waals forces - the same way that geckos climb.
Though often overlooked, grippers are a significant cog in a successful automation system and choosing the proper one can result in optimized performance, uptime and operator safety.
Plug-and-play cobots offer a perfect transition from manual handling or assembly to more automated operations. But, it is important to choose one with a powerful and safe grip!
Booth #236417 - ATI will present three new products at the 2018 show. You may have heard about the Axia80; ATIs high-performance, low-cost force/torque sensor, but this year attendees can see it live in an interactive demonstration.
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IO-Link is the first standardized IO technology worldwide for communication from the control system to the lowest level of automation.