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Motoman and Robotiq have formed a partnership to provide dexterous robotic gripper tooling on robots with the goal of increasing manufacturers' application flexibility and reducing their tooling costs. Robotiq, manufacturer of Adaptive Robotic Grippers, and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc.

PlasticsToday Staff

August 24, 2011

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Adaptive EOAT helps robots get a grip without changing tooling

Motoman and Robotiq have formed a partnership to provide dexterous robotic gripper tooling on robots with the goal of increasing manufacturers' application flexibility and reducing their tooling costs. Robotiq, manufacturer of Adaptive Robotic Grippers, and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. will offer the industrial-grade adaptive gripper, which has three articulated fingers that can adapt automatically to a wide range of parts of varying size and shape, as end-of-arm-tooling.adpative-gripper.jpg

Robotiq adaptive gripper EOAT

The companies say the adaptive gripper is best suited for applications where a wide array of different parts need to be handled by a single robot, with potential sample applications including machine load/unloading, assembly, part positioning, welding, inspection, and material handling.

Motoman Robotics says the Robotiq adaptive gripper is the first standard gripper product that it has offered its customers, noting that its unique capabilities help move it away from the custom tooling approach traditionally used. "Combined with our robots and vision systems, [the adaptive gripper] will enable material handling and kitting applications for our customers, simplifying their lives and saving them money," Roger Christian, Motoman Robotics VP said.

Robotiq President Samuel Bouchard noted that the product will let customers adapt to rapidly changing production needs, allowing them to reprogram one gripper instead of completely retooling for different parts.

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