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The success of a robot’s performance very much depends upon the end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT), also referred to by the umbrella term ‘end effector’. Getting it wrong can render a robot useless. Getting it right on the other hand, can add enormous value to the entire automation process.
For example, a single multifunctional tool can greatly reduce downtime on a manufacturing line compared to switching between several individual tools. Similarly, an end effector manufactured using a lighter weight material alternative can cut operational energy use and associated costs.
There are many factors to consider when scoping out what is needed for different applications, which can make EOAT selection a minefield. For instance, if a collaborative robotic arm is fitted with an end effector comprising a blade or syringe, even with the Power and Force Limiting (PFL) feature, human safety can be compromised.
We have developed our own high-performance off-the-shelf robot grippers to satisfy different requirements. We also offer a wide range of EOAT solutions from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. This includes vacuum, pneumatic, hydraulic, electronic and electromagnetic grippers.
For specialist applications, we are renowned for our bespoke end effector solutions from food grade rotational tools for handling filled sandwiches to shrouded pneumatic grippers for odd shaped trigger spray bottles
Whatever the considerations, we will walk you through each step to help you choose the right tool for your robot.
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