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Complete gripping system kit

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Schunk has introduced a gripping system kit that is compatible with all Universal Robots robot arms.

Schunk is offering a range of standardized components for the six-axis lightweight UR robots, which comprises both gripping and changing applications as well as measuring forces and torques. Specially coordinated interfaces and adapters have been designed to ensure all modules of the modular system are combinable with the UR robot arms and can be quickly exchanged.

Instead of planning and implementing the electric or pneumatic actuation and the sensor connections individually each time, the interfaces of the grippers, quick-change modules and sensors are adjusted to another within the modular system. All modules are connectable via Plug & Work to the robot arms. Neither mounting kits nor external valves are required.

Special plugins facilitate commissioning in the future, meaning new users in particular will be able to initiate process automation smoothly.

In the first phase the gripping system kit will include:

  • the PGN-plus-P multi-tooth guided Schunk parallel grippers in the 80 and 100 sizes
  • the PZN-plus 64 multi-tooth guided centric grippers
  • the JGP 80 and 100 universal grippers
  • the KGG 100-80 and PSH 22-1 long-stroke grippers
  • the EGP electric gripper for small components
  • the Co-act EGP-C, designed for collaborative applications.

All micro valves for actuating the pneumatic modules are integrated in the SCHUNK adapters. Added to this is the SHS manual change system with integrated air feed through, electrical feed through and optional locking monitoring for quick gripper change. The changing system facilitates a particularly flexible use of the UR arms, as complicated setup processes are no longer necessary, and both SCHUNK grippers and other actuators with ISO-50 flange can be precisely exchanged in just a few steps.

An economy priced force/torque sensor is also included in the modular system kit. The Schunk FT AXIA 80 facilitates the precise measuring of forces (resolution 1/10 N) and torques (resolution 1/200 Nm) in all six degrees of freedom.

In total the modular program enables 36 combination possibilities. With maximum gripping forces ranging from 140 to 930 N and strokes from 6 to 40 mm (0.23 to 1.57 in.), it covers a wide range of fields of application, both in conventional automation and in the field of collaborative applications. This makes it equally suitable for newcomers to automation as well as for professionals in the metal cutting, automotive and electronics industries, as well as other sectors seeking to tap into the potential of automation using UR robots.

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