SCHUNK's newest 2-Finger Angular Gripper Type LMG 64 is made for the food-handling industry, and is the first manufacturer to offer a gripper in hygienic design as a standard product. Its stainless-steel housing resists corrosion and is easy to clean, with sealed mechanics and food industry standard-compliant lubricants. It has an operating pressure of between 4.5 to 6.5 bar, with a gripping force of 520N, and a 20-180-degree range on the fingers' opening angle. The grippers have a built-in spring to keep hold even with a loss of air pressure, and proximity switches in the housing can monitor the end position. The LMG can be built with customized fingers.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.