The design of the end-of-arm tool plays an important part in industrial automation engineering, and your hands are a clue on how robots in the future could get a grip around your workplace.
Soft robotics and magnetic grippers are making it easier to pick up hard-to-handle products of different sizes and shapes. Lightweight designs are improving cycle times. Food in plastic bags can be sorted with no damage.
Robots with five fingers that are run by nine servo motors are getting closer to gripping objects like any employee on the factory floor, but don’t expect widespread use just yet.