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The Cobot Smart Gripper has low deadweight, for optimal utilization of the payload, and is compatible with a wide range of cobots and industrial robots.

Smart Gripper for Cobots

March 18, 2024
A new design available in three variants will facilitate fast and cost-efficient automation of processes with low payloads, and can be operated quickly and easily.

FIPA GmbH introduced the Cobot Smart Gripper CSG, specially designed for use with collaborative robots and available in three variants for different work applications. A version with an internal electric vacuum pump “is a technical evolution in terms of energy efficiency and paves the way for compressed air-free production,” according to the developer.

Many operations automate processes in which only small loads are moved, adopting cobots or very small industrial robots with low payloads. Cobots enable direct collaboration with team members and can provide support, especially in monotonous and physically demanding work steps. They enable a space-saving and flexible working environment.

The use of cobots requires special grippers that must fulfil specific requirements, which are defined in ISO TS 15066, among others. Grippers for cobots and small industrial robots should be universally usable, quick to integrate and also as light as possible so as not to impair the payload of the robots too much.

FIPA’s new grippers are for fast and cost-efficient automation of processes, e.g. pick-and-place applications, but also assembly tasks or a wide range of mechanical processes. Depending on the porosity of the material to be handled even with a payload of up to 35 kg.

Concerning the product name, “smart” refers to compactness and intelligent control: Measuring just 300 x 130 mm, the gripper is very compact and space-saving, making it ideal for palletizing cartons.

The fully electric version of the CSG, with an energy advantage of up to 90% compared to pneumatic grippers, has an internal 24V vacuum pump. It is aimed at companies that strive for compressed air-free and therefore more energy-efficient production.

The version with ejector operation has a multi-chamber ejector with blow-off function and scores with a very low weight of just 1,360 g.

The simplest version without its own vacuum supply is suitable for use in processes with an existing infrastructure to generate the vacuum.

Thanks to the use of sealing foam the area gripper offers perfect adaptation to the respective product, even with rough or textured surfaces, and therefore a wide range of possible applications.

All versions have a built-in display to show the actual and target vacuum level. Process parameters can be set using the buttons next to the display. The flange connection to the cobot conforms to the ISO 9409-1 standard. Thanks to the user-friendly software the area gripper can be set up and operated intuitively.

The CSG is compatible with all top cobot brands as well as wide range of industrial robots, regardless of the users’ levels of expertise or experience. The specific integration software is also available for selected cobots, enabling plug-and-play operation.

Learn more at www.fipa.com.