Grippers / Actuators / End Effectors

At this year’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, Hitech exhibited products ranging from their well-known actuators to their advanced drone systems, but of special interest were the company’s newest American-made and marketed sensors and electronics.

 

Contactile 400x275Australian startup Contactile adds weight and friction detection abilities to sensors for better manipulation of objects by robot grippers. The firm announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding to scale the development of the sensors.

 

CeleraAura400x275Celera Motion has announced new sizes and capabilities for its Aura Absolute Chip Encoder series of rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. The new line of products aims to meet all the typical sizes needed in a robot arm – from small end effectors at the end of an arm to the upper shoulder joints.

 

IKO LWLF2 400x275Expanding its LWL family of miniature guides, IKO has announced the LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide, which addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact and lightweight design to make it easier for mounting in tight spaces.

 

ElecElectroCraft APES23 400x275troCraft’s APES23 is a 56mm/NEMA 23 frame, hybrid stepper-based linear actuator. New NEMA17 and NEMA23 frames are available for greatly enhanced performance capabilities.

 

RightHandFunding400x275Boston-based RightHand Robotics, which develops autonomous picking systems for order fulfillment, has announced it raised $66 million in a Series C financing round. The company said it plans to use the funding to accelerate product and business development, scale its global presence and partner network, and expand its offices and invest in talent acquisition.

 

FirgelliMicroActuator400x275Firgelli Automations has announced developing what it believes is the world’s smallest Diameter Micro Actuator with Positional feedback control, capable of controlling positions to within 1 micron. The technology would revolutionize industries that include robotics, automotive, industrial and medical, the company said.

 

Piab SOFTGRIP100 4 400x275Piab has announced the new and largest piSOFTGRIP 100-4, developed with food industry automation tasks, but also with the capability of handling odd-shaped machine parts or to remove injection molded parts.

 

FestoE30MagswitchFesto has announced surging interest in its electric series (E-series) of intelligent magnetic grippers from Magswitch, based in Lafayette, Colo. Festo has been a Magswitch distribution partner since 2019.

 

CML SMA rotary actuator 400x275Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd. (CML), which develops shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators, has announced a new ultra-slim, high-precision rotary actuator. The new actuator includes a lightweight design, 2,000 step positions per revolution, and is completely non-magnetic so it can operate in areas of high magnetic flux that might otherwise exclude conventional motor technologies. With a low profile of around 1 mm, the new actuator can be used in most space-constrained applications.

 

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.