3D Printing / Industrial Robotics / Control Systems / Changing Workforce

How end-of-arm-tooling for robots gives manufacturers a competitive edge

By A3 (Association for Advancing Automation)

Sep 09, 2015

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.

Take a closer look on how that’s playing out in a few different industries.