HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Guest Blogs
Getting a Grip on Automated Manufacturing
5/6/2013

Image 1 of 2      Next >

These micro-grippers provide excellent moment capacities, high grip forces, and an ultra precision jaw guidance system in a very compact package.
These micro-grippers provide excellent moment capacities, high grip forces, and an ultra precision jaw guidance system in a very compact package.

Image 1 of 2      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Threaded|Newest First|Oldest First
naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Electricity rules
naperlou   5/6/2013 9:19:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Jon, I find it interesting that you point out that electrically operated grippers are coming on strong despite the decades of development of pneumatic grippers.  Many decades ago, my father, who worked at an Army electronics lab, was convinced that hydralics and pneumatics would overtake electrical devices in control applications.  He even brought home some prototyping parts from the lab.  Well, with improvements in electrical motors and control circuitry, things didn't quite work out that way.  Looks like something similar is going on in this application area.

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: Electricity rules
Debera Harward   5/6/2013 6:57:54 PM
NO RATINGS
Now adays electric grippers are being used more than pnaumatic because they are less expensive, Cleaner and leaves a neat and clean look on the circuit , they are small , Using encoders one can make sure that whether the part has been picked up by the gripper or not .

AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re:Getting a Grip on Automated Manufacturing
AnandY   5/7/2013 3:11:10 AM
NO RATINGS
The speed and cost of pneumatic grippers are hard to beat. As long as you are automating low-mix, high-volume and looking for the best deal, pnewmatic grippers are the best deal. But if you are using high-mix applications and looking for flexible automation, using programmable electric grippers is a better option.

taimoortariq
User Rank
Gold
Electric Gripper all the way
taimoortariq   5/15/2013 1:58:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Although, you cannot match the speed and repeatipility of pneumatic grippers, but if you have to go for the better control of the gripper than electric one is way on the top.

The pnuematic grippers have a very limited band of force control. Although, you can always change the air pressure for varying the force but it is not easily done and also due to stiction, the gripper jaws are hard to move at lower pressure, so the objects can not be handled delicately with these grippers.

And for electric grippers, it is usually easy to get feedback on the positioning of gripper, due to the encoders incorporated in electric motors. This is quite usefull in detecting errors online. where as, to provide this feature in pneumatic grippers we have to add extra sensors. 

Over and all the electric grippers have much more to offer now. And given to their declining costs they seem a much better option than pneumatic grippers.

Partner Zone
More Blogs from Guest Blogs
Iterative design — the cycle of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product — existed long before additive manufacturing, but it has never been as efficient and approachable as it is today with 3D printing.
People usually think of a time constant as the time it takes a first order system to change 63% of the way to the steady state value in response to a step change in the input -- it’s basically a measure of the responsiveness of the system. This is true, but in reality, time constants are often not constant. They can change just like system gains change as the environment or the geometry of the system changes.
At its core, sound is a relatively simple natural phenomenon caused by pressure pulsations or vibrations propagating through various mediums in the world around us. Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.
The tech industry is no stranger to crowdsourcing funding for new projects, and the team at element14 are no strangers to crowdsourcing ideas for new projects through its design competitions. But what about crowdsourcing new components?
It has been common wisdom of late that anything you needed to manufacture could be made more cost-effectively on foreign shores. Following World War II, the label “Made in Japan” was as ubiquitous as is the “Made in China” version today and often had very similar -- not always positive -- connotations. Along the way, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Pacific-rim nations have each had their turn at being the preferred low-cost alternative to manufacturing here in the US.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service