“The world of robotics and the necessary periphery for daily robot applications are going to be redefined,” says Henrik A. Schunk, Chief Executive Officer of Schunk, the specialist in gripping systems and clamping technology. “We are experiencing a real boom in collaborative robots (cobots) and lightweight robots, and they will shape the image of industrial production in the years to come.”
Direct human-robot collaboration can be achieved by Schunk’s new Co-act EGL-C long-stroke gripper, a milestone in human-robot collaboration. It surpasses the typical force-limited 140N used by most collaborative grippers today, generating gripping forces up to 450N. An integrated, patent-pending safety algorithm protects employees working alongside their robotic coworkers, opening the potential in human-robot collaboration for handling weights well beyond small parts assembly.
“New robots offer enormous freedom of design in the field of handling and assembly, both in terms of the degree of interaction with humans and the gripping technology used,” Schunk says.
The EGL-C gripper is the latest example of Schunk’s innovation in the world of cobots and lightweight robots. In 2019, Schunk introduced the EGH Co-act gripper. Easy to install and fully programmable, the EGH makes it easy for companies to implement automation with a cobot.
“The industrial transformation requires us to take a fresh and creative look at robotics,” Schunk explains. “Scenarios with lightweight robots and cobots must be easy and flexible, even playful to implement. At its heart, it’s all about a radical simplification – from the selection of components to configuration and assembly, up to ongoing operation.”