User-Friendly Robots Get User-Friendly Grippers
Kagan Pittman posted on March 20, 2017 | 1322 views

On Robot, a Danish manufacturer of gripper end-effectors for collaborative robots, is officially launching into the North American market at Automate 2017 in April.

On Robot’s two-finger RG2 grippers—available in both single and dual versions— mount on the wrist of a cobot without external wires. The RG2 grippers can be programmed directly from the same interface as the cobot, and can be modified without previous programming experience.

“User-friendly robot arms need user-friendly grippers,” said Torben Ekvall, On Robot CEO.

“Most traditional grippers work by using compressed air, which takes up a lot of space, is energy-intensive and is far too complicated for many users. On Robot’s RG2 is an electronic solution that is easy to mount, is very flexible and can be modified by an operator on the factory floor without the assistance of an engineer. This ease-of-use will help speed development for an increasing number of manufacturers’ applications.”

Features of the RG2 gripper include:

  • Programming: RG2 lets operators choose what they need the gripper to do through the teach pendant of the cobot.

  • Angle mounting: From 0° to 180° in 30° steps, in both the single- and dual-gripper setup.

  • Customizable fingertips: The gripper fingers support the use of customized fingertips, which can be designed by end users to fit production requirements.

  • Assisted center-of-gravity calculation: Users enter the value of the payload and the robot calculates the rest.

  • Continuous grip indication: The gripper can discern lost or deliberately removed objects.

  • Automatic Tool Center Point (TCP) calculation: Automatic calculation of how the robot arm moves around the calculated TCP of an object, depending on the position in which the gripper is mounted.

“The demand for easy-to-use and -program cobots in North America is growing dramatically,” said Gary Eliasson, general manager for North America. “I’m looking forward to filling the demand with a robust distribution network throughout North America to help manufacturers automate their processes as easily and cost-effectively as possible.”

On Robot will be exhibiting at Automate 2017, booth # 469, where Christiansen will join Ekvall and Eliasson to promote the RG2 grippers.

For more information, visit On Robot at Automate 2017 and visit their website.

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