OnRobot releases ‘world’s most powerful’ electric gripper

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Collaborative robot provider OnRobot has launched its latest electric vacuum gripper for heavy-duty palletising applications.

According to OnRobot, its VGP20 is world’s most-powerful electric vacuum gripper handling challenging payloads of 20kg (44.09lbs).

The company added the gripper is compatible with all leading robot brands making it a great fit for a wide range of applications including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and electronics as well as food and beverage.

“Our customers asked for a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy vacuum gripper that can pick up bulky, heavy-duty payloads while being intelligent enough to handle a wide range of items, including those with irregular shapes and porous surfaces,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO at OnRobot.

“The VGP20 combines power, intelligence and ease-of-use that competes with expensive, complex pneumatic grippers.”

The VGP20 is designed for challenging palletising scenarios including heavy, bulky and porous surfaces.

While pneumatic grippers require compressed air to operate, the VGP20 is all-electric. OnRobot said as it ready to use out of the box, companies can save up to 90% on operating and maintenance costs compared to traditional pneumatic gripper deployments.

Furthermore, the VGP20 provides unlimited cup and airflow customisation and multichannel functionality. The company said this allows it to be deployed on multiple items of different shapes and sizes.

Its built-in intelligence combined with user-friendly software provides precise air flow control functionality. This feature enables users to vary the type of grip used in different applications, such as the soft grip used to handle delicate items to the hard grip required for handling bulky, heavy cardboard boxes with porous surfaces.

Iversen added: “Efficient packaging and palletising performance is crucial to success for manufacturers, e-commerce and logistics companies. However, labour shortages present an ongoing challenge and performing these jobs by hand is both monotonous and unergonomic.

“The powerful and versatile VGP20 gripper enables companies to automate these tasks, providing relief to workers while improving overall productivity and quality.”

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