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OnRobot releases two electrical grippers for heavy payload cobots

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OnRobot's two new grippers, the 2FG14 (left) and the 3FG25 (right), which offer high payloads and an all-around plug and produce experience.

The 2FG14 (left) and the 3FG25 (proper) grippers are designed for plug-and-play dealing with of heavy payloads. | Supply: OnRobot

CHICAGO — As collaborative robots get greater for duties akin to palletizing, the top effectors must sustain. OnRobot A/S confirmed two new, heavy-duty grippers at Automate this week.

“As cobots develop extra highly effective, OnRobot clients are scaling up their collaborative functions,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot. “Constructing on the success of our present, industry-proven gripper vary, the brand new 3FG25 and 2FG14 grippers ship unequalled gripping and payload energy whereas additionally offering customizability for heavy-duty functions, together with [in] harsh environments.”

Based in 2018, OnRobot was shaped with the merger of three end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) corporations: Notion Robotics, OptoForce, and OnRobot. The Odense, Denmark-based firm additionally acquired Purple Robotics in 2018 and Blue Workforce in 2019.

The supplier of {hardware} and software program for collaborative functions mentioned its grippers assist small and midsize producers optimize processes akin to palletizing, packaging, decide and place, sanding, and screwdriving.

A number of main cobot manufacturers now provide fashions that may deal with round 30 kg (66.1 lb.), and industrial robotic arms are being deployed in collaborative functions, noticed OnRobot. To deal with these functions and allow improved workpiece adaptability, the corporate plans to formally launch the 3FG25 gripper later this month, whereas the 2FG14 gripper made its North American debut this week. 

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OnRobot goals so as to add flexibility with heavier grippers

OnRobot mentioned each of its new electrical grippers can deal with bigger elements with out the majority or energy constraints of pneumatic techniques. The three-fingered 3FG25 supplies 25 kg (55.1 lb.) of payload capability in a compact, all-electric, light-weight type issue, mentioned the corporate.

The 3FG25 is a bigger model of the 3FG15 gripper, which has already been extensively adopted for CNC (laptop numerical management) machine tending, mentioned OnRobot. Each are able to dealing with cylindrical and oddly formed gadgets, and the 3FG25 has new fingers for heavier metallic workpieces. It’s out there for preorders.

Equally, the 2FG14 doubles the payload and gripping drive of the favored 2FG7 gripper, whereas additionally offering 30% extra whole stroke, in keeping with the firm. It has a payload of 14 kg (30.8 lb.), making it appropriate for machine-tending functions, OnRobot mentioned.

As well as, the 2FG14 has a compact base and is designed for difficult work environments the place workpieces are continuously uncovered to oils or slicing fluids. 

“The 2FG14 is a superb gripper. It’s simple to make use of and permits our cobots to take care of most payload,” mentioned Alex Pinkerton, mechanical engineer at Gosiger. “OnRobot merchandise have intuitive, operator-friendly person interfaces, and the 2FG14 maintains this custom. It’s excellent for demanding packaging, machine tending, and meeting functions.”

As well as, OnRobot mentioned its grippers, connectors, and software program “provide an all-round plug-and-produce expertise.” They embrace fingers with a number of configurations, flange adapters, cabling, and software program to scale back the complexity of robotic programming. OnRobot helps a number of robotic arms and is a part of the UR+ ecosystem as an authorized providing with Common Robots cobots.

“The flange just isn’t new, however we’ve used a brand new materials to scale back the load,” Kristian Hulgard, normal supervisor of OnRobot, advised The Robotic Report. “It’s actually in regards to the flexibility; cobot customers ought to nonetheless do security assessments of their payloads and functions, akin to welding.”

Ellison Applied sciences launches AutoPilot powered by D:PLOY

OnRobot additionally introduced that it’s collaborating with Ellison Applied sciences Inc., a supplier of superior machining techniques. The businesses are releasing AutoPilot powered by D:PLOY, which goals to simplify the method of deploying CNC machine-tending functions.

OnRobot’s D:PLOY is an automatic platform for constructing, working, monitoring, and redeploying machine tending functions. By automating the event course of, it may well lower deployment instances and allow deployments to happen on the manufacturing facility ground, with zero programming and nil simulations required, asserted the businesses. 

“Corporations racing to plug labor gaps and meet rising demand in an unsure financial local weather can’t afford to spend weeks deploying and redeploying CNC machine tending automation,” mentioned Greg Haley, vice chairman of automation at Ellison Applied sciences.

“D:PLOY is the proper software program for Ellison’s AutoPilot answer, because it decreases the programming complexity and makes half changeover a snap,” he added. “This places automated CNC machine tending in attain for extra clients than ever, even these with high-mix, low-volume half runs.”

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