Grippers / Actuators / End Effectors

ATIQC 29ToolChanger 400x275ATI Industrial Automation, which develops robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, has announced a new standard tool changing option for smaller robots. The QC-29 Robotic Tool Changer aims to bring the powerful and rugged technology of the company’s Heavy Duty Tool Changers to robots in the 25 kg to 35 kg payload class.

 

Firgelli linear actuator400x275Firgelli Automations, which develops linear actuators and other motion equipment, has announced new adjustable limit switch linear actuators that feature a patent-pending mechanical limit switch device, which allows users to alter the built-in stopping position to give them additional flexibility.

 

OnRobot WebLytics 400x275OnRobot has announced its software debut with the launch of WebLytics, a production monitoring, device diagnostics, and data analytics solution designed to enhance productivity and minimize downtime. Capable of monitoring the performance of multiple collaborative applications simultaneously and in real time, WebLytics gathers equipment data from both robots and tools and displays the data in easy-to-understand, visualized device and application-level intelligence.

 

LearnOnRobot400x275OnRobot, which develops tools for collaborative robot applications, has launched Learn OnRobot, a free online training platform that gives step-by-step directions through the process of designing and deploying cobot applications with tools such as grippers, vision cameras, processing kits, and sensors. The system works with all major cobot and light industrial robot brands and supports nine languages.

 

ATIMini43LP 400x275ATI Industrial Automation has announced the development of the ultra-thin Mini43LP Force/Torque Sensor, which provides high-precision force sensing in a rugged, yet compact transducer. At less than 8mm tall, the sensor is part of the company’s force/torque sensor family and is aimed at smaller automated applications.

 

AvatarXPRIZE NimbRo 400x275XPRIZE, which designs and operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, has announced that 15 teams from eight countries advanced to the finals round of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.

 

CeleraInCoder400x275Celera Motion has announced a new device for precision angle measurement: a compact, ultra-lightweight inductive angle encoder that can be ideal for several surgical, medical, and industrial robotics. 

 

SoftAI 400x275Soft Robotics has announced the launch of its SoftAI Solutions, which incorporates proprietary 3D vision, artificial intelligence software, and its soft grasping tools to address problems in the food industry – mainly the inability to meaningfully automate operations.

 

HaptX Gloves400x275HaptX, which develops realistic haptic feedback technology, has announced raising $12 million in a Series A-1 financing round, along with a new headquarters in the Seattle area. The company also announced a second manufacturing run of its HaptX Gloves DK2, advanced haptic feedback gloves, after selling out the first run in less than six months.

 

SoftRoboticsChicken400x275Soft Robotics, which develops AI-powered automated picking solutions through modular soft robotic gripping technology, has announced raising $10 million in a Series B extension funding round. The new funding will help expand its commercial operations to meet COVID-19 pandemic-fueled demand, as well as go to the launch of its SoftAI-powered robotic solutions.

 

Telexistence400x275Telexistence, which is developing remote-controlled robotics with artificial intelligence, has closed a $20 million Series A-2 financing round, according to Airbus Ventures. The round was led by a group company of Monoful Inc, with additional funds from KDDI, Deepcore, UTokyo IPC, and other new investors. The company has raised about $41 million to date since its founding in 2017.

 

OnRobotVention400x275Vention, which develops manufacturing automation platforms (MAP), has announced a partnership with end-of-arm tools-maker OnRobot to help accelerate the design and deployment of end-to-end cobot applications. As part of the partnership, Vention will offer OnRobot’s library of tools and end-effectors directly on its digital platform where users design their collaborative automation cells.

 

TRI Punyo SoftGripper400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced it is sharing the design source files and full build instructions for its innovative domestic robot hands, with the goal of accelerating the field of soft robotics. Starting today, any research institution or aspiring roboticist can visit punyo.tech to build their own Punyo Soft Bubble Gripper.

 

Curtiss Wright GTX060 400x275Curtiss-Wright’s Actuation Division has announced the release of its newest integrated motor / actuator, the Exlar GTX060. The GTX060 is the third frame size in the GTX integrated motor / actuator series of industrial electromechanical actuators.

 

SoftRoboticsmGrip400x275Soft Robotics has announced the expansion of its mGrip Modular Gripping System with new capabilities and an IP69K rating that enables safe food handling of proteins and dairy products. The company said these new features put more capabilities into the hands of machine builders to design flexible end-of-arm tools that can withstand high-pressure washdown environments.

 

Umbratek400x275China’s Umbratek, a new robotic startup, has released its first robotic arm series, called the UTRA, on Kickstarter. The company is offering five different robot arm models to choose from, with a modular design aimed to be powerful and affordable. The UTRA series is available for as low as $2,999 via a Super Early Bird Special on Kickstarter.