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OnRobot launches new gripper for demanding applications

OnRobot has launched a new gripper for demanding applications.

OnRobot’s cleanroom-ready, IP67-certified, collaborative 2FG7 parallel gripper is the latest addition to OnRobot’s range of all-electric gripper products.

OnRobot describes the 2FG7 as “a complete, low cost, easy to use, out-of-the-box, cleanroom-ready parallel gripper”.

Designed to enable companies of all sizes to set up gripping applications at low cost, the 2FG7 can be deployed within minutes and is specially designed to handle demanding payloads – even in tight spaces.

The new 2FG7 gripper is ideal for low-volume, high-mix production and enables fast ROI for many different applications, including machine tending, material handling and assembly.

Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot, says: “Our customers asked for a parallel gripper that can handle payloads above 6 kg (13.22 lb) without sacrificing the ease of use that they have come to expect from OnRobot’s products.

“Combining strength, functionality and easy programming in a small form factor, the 2FG7 is that powerful, production-ready gripper.”

Boasting a maximum payload of 11 kg (24.3 lb), an external grip range of up to 74 mm (2.91 in) and a gripping force of between 20-140 N, the versatile 2FG7 can handle heavy, bulky payloads with ease.

Smaller than OnRobot’s RG2 and RG6 grippers – and yet more powerful than both – the 2FG7’s dimensions (156 x 158 x 180 mm/6.14 x 6.22 x 7.08 in) make it the perfect gripper for use in small work envelopes, which is a major bonus in busy manufacturing facilities where space is at a premium, and in applications with tight quarters for maneuvering.

Iversen says: “The cost of robot hardware components has declined in recent years, but this hasn’t translated into a benefit to smaller manufacturing companies because the vast majority of industrial robot peripherals remain prohibitively complex and time-consuming to deploy.

“OnRobot is changing all that.”

Seamlessly integrated with the OnRobot product range and compatible with all major collaborative robots and light industrial robot arms, the 2FG7 allows manufacturers of all skillsets to set up gripping applications quickly and easily.

The 2FG7’s ease of use ensures visibility during the deployment process, greatly reduces the need for custom parts and cuts the time to ROI. Meanwhile, intelligent feedback features, including grip detection and lost grip detection, further simplify the deployment process.

Cleanroom certified

The 2FG7 is a production-ready gripper built to withstand harsh manufacturing conditions and applications. In addition to being IP67-certified, the 2FG7 has attained cleanroom certification (ISO Class 5), which is required for many handling applications in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries. It also complies with ISO/TS 15066 regarding collaborative robot cell risk assessments.

The 2FG7 is powered by an integrated electric motor, which provides several advantages over pneumatics-based gripper systems. 2FG7 users can easily program force, speed and stroke control settings through an intuitive software interface.

This makes the gripper ideal for high-mix/low-volume production since it allows for quick and easy settings adjustments depending on the parts being handled.

The precision provided by the 2FG7’s electric motor allows the gripper to provide a finger position resolution of 0.1 mm (0.004 in) and a gripping time of 200 mm/s. For end users, the ability to make precise adjustments to stroke, range and finger position supports flexibility across a wide range of applications.

By contrast, pneumatic grippers provide limited, low-resolution force control through air pressure adjustments. Further, pneumatic systems don’t provide intelligent grip detection capabilities and can negatively impact air quality by releasing contaminants into the work environment.

Iversen says: “OnRobot exists to democratize automation by providing manufacturers of all sizes with low-cost, easy-to-use products that empower them to right out of the box. The 2FG7 parallel gripper is a powerful addition to OnRobot’s democratizing, Plug and Produce product family.”

Robotics adoption grows across southeast Asia

James Taylor, General Manager, APAC at OnRobot said: “We are seeing increasing interest to embrace collaborative automation from Southeast Asian manufacturers, many of which are completely new to robotics.

“With 2FG7 and our wide range of products, we remain committed to providing simple, user-friendly and affordable solutions, helping businesses of all sizes experience the benefits of advanced automation technologies.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across industries in Southeast Asia, driving the adoption of robotics.

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Asia remains the strongest market for industrial robots, accounting for 63 percent of global operational stock in 2019; handling and assembly were among the major applications.

Asia also makes up two thirds of newly installed robots globally. IFR estimates that robot sales in Southeast Asia will grow between 20 and 25 percent by 2021.

IFR also notes that the adoption of human-robot collaboration or collaborative automation is rising rapidly as suppliers increase and the range of applications widen. A substantial part of the adoption will be driven by more intelligent components such as smart grippers.

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