Monday, April 22, 2024

Magnetic Gripper For Safe and Precise Manufacturing Process

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Offering ease in material handling and assembly, the gripper can handle a wide range of sizes, weights and parts with odd-shaped geometries

Standard magnetic grippers only provide simple ON/OFF functionality. To adjust the applied force, users have to often add rubber ‘feet’ to create space between the magnet and the object surface being handled. This is a tedious and imprecise process that doesn’t always guarantee perfect results, especially on applications that involve handling thin metal sheets and small metal parts where magnetic grippers often accidentally end up picking more than one sheet or part as the force cannot be adjusted. 

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Offering ease in material handling, assembly and machine tending applications for manufacturing, automotive and aerospace environments is the new MG10, a versatile, high-performance, easy to use magnetic gripper. It is fully compatible with all major robot brands and delivers an adjustable force that allows a powerful grip.

No pneumatic, only magnetic

Eliminating the implementation of costly and complex pneumatic grippers to perform material handling tasks, the innovative MG10 comes with built-in grip and sensors for object detection. For instance, applications involving sheet metal handling require robots to lift sheet metal from a stack, place it into a press brake/press bending machine and remove it on completion, ensuring smooth, consistent and safe operation. And if the robot loses power or has to make an e-stop while performing a task, there is no risk of dropping the part being handled. 

“While pneumatic systems require an external air supply, cabling and ongoing maintenance, the MG10 is ready to go out of the box, resulting in massively reduced deployment costs compared to its pneumatic counterparts,” says Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot.

Uneven surfaces also handled

The MG10 also provides precise and durable handling of objects with abrasive, uneven or perforated surfaces, making it a perfect fit for a wide variety of applications in the manufacturing, automotive and aerospace sectors. On top of that, the MG10’s multi-magnet setup ensures that this gripper can handle a wide range of sizes, weights and parts with odd-shaped geometries. 

There are many applications, such as multi-stage bending press tasks and handling parts with many holes, where vacuum and finger-type grippers simply don’t succeed in effectively carrying out a task. The MG10 can handle such tasks with ease, whether the workpiece is a metal blank, a punched steel part, or a perforated steel sheet. 

“As the manufacturing sector moves towards low volume/high mix production, the ability to move quickly from one application setup to another quickly is essential,” says Iversen. “The MG10 has a magnetic gripper that can be quickly redeployed on tasks from machine tending and palletising to de-stacking of metal sheets.” 

The MG10 can be obtained from OnRobot. 


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