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Robotiq launches ‘first’ gripper ready for Universal Robots’ new e-Series collaborative robot

Robotic end-effector specialist Robotiq has launched what it claims is the first electric gripper ready for the e-Series, the new generation of collaborative robots from Universal Robots.

Robotiq says the Hand-E was developed within the Universal Robots+ ecosystem. UR+ is like an app shop set up by Universal Robots to enable other companies to develop peripherals and other technologies for use with the company’s robotic arms.

Robotiq says Hand-E’s high accuracy and 50 mm parallel stroke makes it “perfect for precision assembly tasks”. Its sealed design ensures reliability in the toughest manufacturing conditions, adds the company. 

Along with the 2F-85 and 2F-140, Robotiq says the Hand-E completes the company’s line of adaptive gripper products, all of which connect to the e-Series wrist.

They all operate with the same intuitive programming software, which gives the user full control over the gripper’s position, force, and speed.

Hand-E integrates “seamlessly” with the Robotiq Wrist Camera and FT 300 Force Torque Sensor, unlocking many industrial applications, says Robotiq.

Jean-Philippe Jobin, CTO and co-founder of Robotiq, says: “Hand-E is the result of Robotiq’s decade of experience in grippers for collaborative robots.

“We engineered a product that simplifies collaborative robot applications for factories so they can start production faster. Hand-E comes with three different fingertip kits so automation engineers can easily integrate the gripper.

“Its compact and ergonomic shape makes collaborative robot hand-guiding safe and easy.”