Mechanical gripping systems are used on our robotic systems and also on stationary fixtures where we need to quickly grip and then release a part.
Typically these systems operate via pneumatic (air) power to apply force in linear directions for holding a part. However, gripping systems can also be servo driven which does not require air and offers some unique benefits such as regulating the amount of force applied to a part.
how they work
With a gripping system we can apply force in several directions. The most common types we use are parallel grippers and centric grippers. But there are many type of grippers depending on the application.
The gripper requires special tooling that conforms to the parts physical shape. Sometimes referred to as gripper tooling, jaws and/or gripper fingers.
Typically with gripping systems we are looking to minimize the cycle time it takes to load/unload a machine. By using a dual gripper setup (two grippers mounted end of arm) we can quickly load and unload a machine without having to leave the work area.
This greatly reduces cycle time and allows for a more efficient robot path.
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