On Robot has launched a flexible and energy-efficient gripper for cobots tasked with handling objects of various sizes.
Easy to install on the arm of a cobot and simple to program, the RG6 is a bigger and stronger version of the company's popular RG2, with higher payload than other two-finger collaborative grippers available on the market today. This higher adjustable force (25N to 120N) enables three times higher payload (13.2-17.6 lbs.) and wider stroke (6.3 in.), ideal for manufacturers automating the movement of delicate or heavy objects in applications such as pick and place, computer numerical control (CNC), machine tending, packaging and palletizing, and assembly.
"Created after an extensive survey of our distributors worldwide, the RG6 extends the capabilities of the RG2 by providing an ideal user-friendly gripper that handles much larger objects," said Gary Eliasson, general manager, North America, On Robot. "The RG6 is powerful and strong, as a large number of customers have requested, but it is still as simple, easy to install, and safe as the RG2, with no external wires and an infinite rotation of the end joint, which makes them as flexible and dexterous as the robotic arm itself."
Like the RG2, the RG6 is an electric gripper instead of traditional compressed air solutions that take up large amounts of space, are energy-intensive and too complicated for many users. Compatible with all Universal Robots cobot arms, the RG6 -- which mounts the arm with factory-installed safety shields -- is easy and fast to install, enabling operators to quickly modify assembly on the factory floor without the assistance of an engineer.
"These grippers are so safe and user-friendly that employees can directly interact with the cobot," Eliasson added. "As a result, instead of being intimidated by the technology, the employees become increasingly engaged and fascinated by the possibilities. They are quickly recognizing additional ways that the cobots can be used to optimize and develop their production."
In addition to greater force, stroke and payload, the RG6 includes many of the same features as the RG2:
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