Closed-loop gripper offers intelligent operation

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 2 May 2008



(2008), "Closed-loop gripper offers intelligent operation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 35 No. 3.



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Closed-loop gripper offers intelligent operation

Article Type: Mini features From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 35, Issue 3.

Applied Robotics Inc., a leading global manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions, announced today it will showcase its recently announced intelligent closed- loop direct-drive gripper at Lab Automation show to be held January 27-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The Smart Gripper is designed to deliver precise gripping capabilities with a powerful programming interface, and is the only small gripper that offers easy integration with most commercially available robots. The gripper features accurate robotic finger positioning, adjustable grip force, easy installation and requires no external controller.

“Showcasing this new technology at Lab Automation will allow us to demonstrate the unique performance advantages our Smart Gripper offers customers,” said Jim Fitzgerald, Vice President of Applied Robotics Inc. “The Smart Gripper offers varying levels of force and is able to take on any application where efficiency and flexibility are a concern.”

Applied Robotics' Smart Gripper is the only small direct-drive gripper available that can be integrated with most commercially available robots. Using a universal operating platform and closed- loop encoder-based positioning of robotic fingers, the new gripper brings precision and flexibility to applications and increases customer's efficiency. Its gripping fingers can be designed by the user, or provided by Applied Robotics, Inc. The gripper is operated using 24Vdc discrete signals for use with any robot controller. The user pre-programs motions into the Smart Gripper's non- volatile memory, for recall later, triggered by the robot controller's discrete output lines. Up to 32 programs can be selected using the gripper's five discrete input lines. The Smart Grippere can also provide status back to the robot controller using the gripper's three discrete output lines. Media attendees at the show can schedule press appointments by e-mailing Joanne Brown at:

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