Schunk receives innovation award for intelligent gripper
- Published: May 30, 2017
Schunk is the recipient of the Hermes Award, a technology prize for innovation. Schunk received the award during the opening of the Hannover Messe for its Co-act Gripper JK1, an intelligent gripping module for human/robot collaboration.
Henrik A. Schunk, the managing partner of Schunk, was there to receive the award from the German Federal Minister for Education, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.
With the Co-act gripper JL1, the company is setting the stage for the first intelligent HRC gripper that directly interacts with humans. Adjustments to the gripping processes can be made in real time using diverse sensor systems. In essence, various “senses” are used to record, evaluate and communicate situational, environmental and operational conditions.
In the future, the Co-act grippers will be able to transmit all relevant data about processes and surroundings to the control and production systems. The focus will be on the intelligent flow of materials, process optimization and continuous documentation. The system perfectly enhances the intuitive interaction between the gripper and the operator, says the company..