Robotic Gripper Debuts at Automate 2011

The new Adaptive Gripper offers flexibility via "hand-like" capabilities for robotic applications and debuts at the Automate 2011 show.

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The gripper allows for less robotic tooling with its ability to handle a variety of parts, detect a grip and control pressure on any given part. The tooling comes with three articulated fingers and four grasping modes, offers simple open-close commands and adapts to any geometry. Other features include controlling the closing speed, force and partial closing/opening.

The gripper controls can run on Ethernet/IP, Modbus RTU, DeviceNet or EtherCAT. It also comes with two connectors on the side for 24V power supply and communication.

Applications include assembly, parts transfer, machine tending or parts positioning in welding.

"There are many 'hands' out there, but the majority of them have been confined to the research market. Those are too fragile and cannot be used in an industrial environment," says Samuel Bouchard, CEO, Robotiq.

If you're in Chicago this week, the gripper will be in action at the Automate 2011 show, being held in McCormick Place, March 21-24.


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