Robotiq introductions boost robot dexterity

New to the UK from RARUK Automation are two Robotiq innovations designed to make automated, and even lights-out production, easier.

The first, Force Copilot, is an intuitive software development for applications that need force torque feedback, while the other is the Hand-E gripper, which is designed specifically for collaborative robots.
Sensing functions on the Robotiq Force Copilot increase flexibility and reliability in machine-tending, assembly, finishing, and pick and place applications. A suite of set-up tools allows the user to hand-guide the robot on complex trajectories. The software makes it easy to place objects precisely in jigs, trays and chucks, and facilitates assembly applications through alignment, indexing and insertion functions. Finally, the intuitive interface unlocks finishing applications, with adjustable adaptive compliance and constant force for all robot axes.
Robotiq’s Force Copilot is now a standard feature of the FT 300 force torque sensor that can be seamlessly integrated into the second of the additions to the RARUK Automation range: the Robotiq Hand-E gripper. With its compact and ergonomic shape, the Hand-E gripper is said to make collaborative robot hand-guiding safe and easy.
This latest product in RARUK Automation’s line-up of adaptive grippers, is the first UR+ electric gripper to be developed that takes full advantage of the Universal Robot e-Series. High accuracy and 50 mm parallel stroke make the Hand-E gripper suitable for precision assembly tasks, while its sealed design ensures reliability in tough manufacturing conditions. Hand-E gripper comes with a three-fingertip kit, so automation engineers can easily integrate the gripper in their application.
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