What’s on Our Floor: OnRobot Grippers
In the automation world, many times it’s the gripper that packs the most innovation on a system. The grippers are where the automation system actually interacts with the products moving through the cell.
Specifying the right gripper means making sure it can pick up the product without causing damage in the process. That calls for a lot of engineering focus and testing. For the automation MWES typically does, these grippers are usually custom designed for the application.
Today, custom is not the case. For what needs to be done, we found better solution was to use an off-the-shelf gripper. We’re testing out two types of robot grippers from OnRobotics for the automation system. One version, the 3PG15 gripper, uses three fingers that hold onto product by swiveling the fingers onto the part. Another OnRobotics gripper we’re trying out is a more conventional two finger, pincer-like tool.
Commonly used in machine tending applications, these OnRobot grippers are easily swappable and programmable using a touch screen interface. That makes them great for resetting lines for different products. When they’re combined with the FANUC CRX-10iA/L collaborative robot, they make for a comparatively fast and intuitive system that’s ready for higher mix applications.
If you’re looking for the right solution for complex part handling automation, or would like to retrofit existing systems with more capable grippers or End of Arm Tools (EOATs), contact Midwest Engineered Systems today!