Smarter, smaller, simpler: What’s ahead for robots in packaging?: Page 4 of 7

By John R. Henry in Robotics on February 13, 2018


Photo courtesy of Festo.



4. Getting a grip

One factor contributing to the lower cost is the end-of-arm tooling such as grippers. Custom tooling might cost as much as the robot itself. Design, fabrication and debugging time could delay a hot project. Festo and other companies have developed stock grippers and tooling. Standard, bolt-on, designs shrink costs and lead times. Innovative designs allow reliable handling of irregular or delicate products such as fruits.


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