Monday, April 22, 2024

Easy-To-Use Robotic Gripper That Facilitates Factory Automation

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The IP67-certified robotic gripper combines strength, functionality and easy programming in a small form factor

Designed to enable various companies to set up low-cost gripping applications, the 2FG7 by OnRobot is easy to use, out-of-the-box and cleanroom-ready parallel gripper that can be deployed within minutes and can handle demanding payloads – even in tight spaces. The new 2FG7 gripper is ideal for low-volume and high-mix production that allows fast ROI for many different applications, including machine tending, material handling and assembly. 

The 2FG7 has a maximum payload of 11 kg, an external grip range of up to 74 mm and a gripping force of between 20-140 N for handling heavy, bulky payloads with ease, thus greatly reducing the need for custom parts and cuts the time to ROI.

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The gripper is powered by an integrated electric motor, which provides several advantages over pneumatics-based gripper systems. 2FG7 users can easily program force, speed and stroke control settings through an intuitive software interface. This makes the gripper ideal for high-mix/low-volume production since it allows for quick and easy settings adjustments depending on the parts being handled. 

The precision provided by the 2FG7’s electric motor allows the gripper to provide a finger position resolution of 0.1 mm and a gripping time of 200 mm/s across a wide range of applications. 

It is compatible with all major collaborative robots and light industrial robot arms, allowing manufacturers of all skillsets to set up gripping applications quickly and easily. Meanwhile, intelligent feedback features, including grip detection and lost grip detection, further simplify the deployment process. 

Growing Automation and Robotics Adoption in India

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Asia remains the strongest market for industrial robots, accounting for 63 per cent of global operational stock in 2019; handling and assembly were among the major applications. 

India is a top adopter in the region, registering 15 per cent growth in operational robot stock last year. Within five years the country has doubled the number of industrial robots operating in factories.

James Taylor, General Manager, APAC at OnRobot said, “We are seeing increasing interest in India to embrace collaborative automation, many from manufacturers who are completely new to robotics. With 2FG7 and our wide range of products, we remain committed to providing simple, user-friendly and affordable solutions, helping businesses of all sizes experience the benefits of advanced automation technologies.”

Businesses with operations in India are accelerating automation, with 58 per cent accelerating automation of tasks, compared to 50 per cent globally, according to a recent World Economic Forum study.

The 2FG7 is a production-ready gripper built to withstand harsh manufacturing conditions and applications. In addition to being IP67-certified, the 2FG7 has attained cleanroom certification (ISO Class 5) for use in handling applications in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries. It also complies with ISO/TS 15066 regarding collaborative robot cell risk assessments as well. 

The 2FG7 has dimensions of 156 x 158 x 180 mm that make it the perfect for use in small work envelopes, which is a major bonus in busy manufacturing facilities where space is at a premium and in applications with tight quarters for manoeuvering.


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