Hannover Messe 2019 MRK long-stroke grippers: Gripping power

| Editor: Theresa Knell

Schunk’s exhibits include the Co-act EGL-C long-stroke gripper for collaborative operation.

Schunk’s Co-act EGL-C is the world’s first long-stroke gripper for collaborative applications. It can handle workpieces weighing up to 2.25 kg.
Schunk’s Co-act EGL-C is the world’s first long-stroke gripper for collaborative applications. It can handle workpieces weighing up to 2.25 kg.
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With this long-stroke gripper, Schunk opens up for the first time the potential for human/robot collaboration going beyond small component assembly. Here Schunk is primarily aiming at the automobile and automobile-component industries, where intensive work is going into corresponding MRC scenarios. Specialists from the Schunk Co-act team are also focusing on other industrial applications, such as machine construction, where this powerful gripper could become a process accelerator for MRC applications previously unrealisable because of the absence from the market of safe actuator technology for payloads under 2.25 kg.

In order to remain, despite the powerful gripping forces, within the bio-mechanical limits defined in ISO/TS 15066, Schunk’s Co-act EGL-C gripper is equipped with combined force and path measurement: force measurement jaws integrated into the basic jaws and incremental encoders monitor force and position of the gripping fingers continuously. The long-stroke gripper is supplied completely pre-assembled and is available with suitable interfaces for MRC robots, including those from Kuka, Yaskawa, Fanuc, Universal Robots and Nachi, enabling fast and simple setting-up by plug & work. Simultaneously, a set-up assistant simplifies programming.

Visit Schunk GmbH & Co. KG at Hannover Messe in Hall 17, Booth B40.

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