Discrete and Process Automation

Video: Food grade-certified soft gripper handles challenging pick-and-place applications

29 April 2020

Danish robotic end-effectors specialist OnRobot has developed a food grade soft gripper capable of picking up delicate and irregularly shaped objects in food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications, as well as in general manufacturing and packaging operations. The electrically powered soft gripper can handle items Source: OnRobotSource: OnRobotsuch as eggs, fruit, bottles or oddly shaped containers.

The flexible OnRobot soft gripper uses three interchangeable silicon-molded cups in star and four-finger configurations to pick up almost any small object under 2.2 kg with a delicate, precise touch. The food grade certified device complies with FDA 21 CFR for non-fatty items and EC 1935/2004 and unlike traditional vacuum grippers requires no external air supply, so it can reduce both cost and complexity. Grip dimensions ranging from 11 mm to 118 mm depending on cup used.

OnRobot’s One System Solution is a platform that provides a unified mechanical and electrical interface between leading robot arms and any OnRobot end-of-arm tooling. The One System Solution has been expanded to include integration with robots from ABB Robotics and Hanwha Precision Machinery. Now, users of those robots can take advantage of the unified mechanical and electrical interface of any OnRobot product for easier integration and faster ROI.

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