In the simplest terms, grippers are devices that enable robots to pick up and hold objects. When combined with a collaborative (or 'cobot') industrial robot arm, grippers enable manufacturers to automate key processes, such as inspection, assembly, pick & place and machine tending.
In this article, we'll take a look at some of the UR certified electric and pneumatic grippers available through UR+ –a global ecosystem of components, software, and application kits that have been validated and certified to be mechanically, electrically and digitally compatible with cobots from Universal Robots.
Pneumatic and hydraulic grippers are amongst the most popular gripper types (along with servo-electric). If you're wondering whether pneumatic or hydraulic grippers are likely to be the best fit for your application, this article is for you as we compare and contrast the design, performance and usability of hydraulic and pneumatic grippers.
Robot claws are one of the simplest types of gripper. They are popular among hobbyists, who are attracted to the simple design and functionality of these gripper types. UR robots support a variety of end-effectors, including claw-style grippers.
Universal Robots provides a wide range of UR certified grippers through UR+ –a global ecosystem of components, software, and application kits that have been validated and certified to be mechanically, electrically and digitally compatible with cobots from Universal Robots.
Robotic gripper technology empowers robot arms to interact with objects, as well as the environment around them. Depending on the type of gripper you choose to deploy, you’ll enjoy the benefits of extreme precision and delicate handling of complex and/or fragile objects.
There are many possible applications for robots in the manufacturing process, with the most frequent uses being found in machine tending, assembly, quality inspection, packaging and palletizing applications. Robotic arms are capable of performing repetitive tasks accurately and without taking a break, outperforming human workers in terms of reliability and availability.
Today’s manufacturers are continually looking for ways to produce high-quality products more efficiently and affordably so they can keep up with their competitors locally and globally. Canadian based company, Robotiq works with manufacturers helping them to automate their businesses and to overcome workforce challenges.