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Customizable, Flexible Grippers

On Robot's RG2 grippers add flexibility, ease-of-use and customization for cobots.

On Robot, bringing its technology to North America at Automate 2017, introduced its two-finger RG2 grippers, which are available in both single and dual versions. The RG2 grippers mount easily on the arms of collaborative robots (cobots) without any external wires. For robots that have infinite rotation of the last joint, this enables flexibility and productivity. The RG2 grippers can be programmed directly from the same interface as the robot, and the gripper can be modified by operators with no previous programming experience.

"User-friendly robot arms need user-friendly grippers, and until RG2, the ease-of-use and flexibility required just was not available," said Torben Ekvall, On Robot CEO. "Most traditional grippers work by using compressed air, which takes up a lot of space, is energy-intensive and is far too complicated for many users. On Robot's RG2 is an electronic solution that is easy to mount, is very flexible and can be modified by an operator on the factory floor without the assistance of an engineer. This ease-of-use will help speed development for an increasing number of manufacturers' applications."

Unique features of the RG2 gripper are designed to meet the needs of cobot users and include:

  • Simple and intuitive programming: RG2 lets operators choose what they need the gripper to do and the gripper responds with motion as flexible as the cobot itself
  • Angle mounting: From 0° to 180° in 30° steps, in both the single- and dual-gripper set-up, the gripper ensures flexibility and adaptability for comprehensive tasks
  • Customizable fingertips: The gripper fingers support the use of customized fingertips, which can be designed by end users to fit production requirements
  • Assisted center-of-gravity calculation: Users enter the value of the payload and the robot calculates the rest, making programming easier, enhancing overall productivity and improving safety by enabling more accurate robot arm movements
  • Continuous grip indication: The gripper can discern any lost or deliberately removed object
  • Automatic Tool Center Point (TCP) calculation: Automatic calculation of how the robot arm moves around the calculated TCP of an object, depending on the position in which the gripper is mounted, for easier programming and use.

On Robot Expands into North America with new Regional Manager

"The RG2 collaborative grippers are currently used in more than 40 countries, with strong demand from North American companies looking for more cost-effective grippers that offer additional capabilities and are easier to use," said a company spokesperson. "Collaborative robots are the fastest-growing segment in robotics, but new applications require grippers that meet users' expectations for affordability and ease of use. To meet demand, On Robot has appointed experienced high-tech distributor Gary Eliasson as its general manager for North America."

"The demand for easy-to-use and -program cobots in North America is growing dramatically," said Eliasson. "But the missing link of the entire collaborative development has been grippers that are as flexible and dexterous as the arm itself. RG2 is that missing link. I am looking forward to filling the demand with a robust distribution network throughout North America to help manufacturers automate their processes as easily and cost-effectively as possible."

For more information contact:

Gary Eliasson

General Manager North America

On Robot


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