OnRobot has developed a compact electric vacuum gripper that addresses customer demand for a small but powerful and highly configurable gripper that covers a wide range of applications.
The new unit is based on the company’s award-winning VG10 electric vacuum gripper. However, the new more compact VGC10 is smaller and lighter than its larger cousin, and so is ideal for constrained environments and smaller robot arms. Nonetheless, like its larger counterpart, the VGC10 can handle a 15kg payload.
Weighing in at just 814g, the VGC10 incorporates its own vacuum supply, and so needs no compressed air connection. The VGC10 is quick and easy to deploy but also offers unlimited customisation, with easily changeable suction cup options and the ability to add or replace arms to fit highly specific application needs. With this configurability, the VGC10 can grip and move a wide array of small multidimensional and heavy objects, even with a lighter payload robot arm.
The gripper has two independently controlled air channels that allow it to act as a dual gripper with pick-up and release in the same action, further increasing efficiency and reducing cycle time. It can also be used with a single air channel for higher gripping performance.
According to Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot: “We heard from customers that they loved the features of the VC10 gripper but sometimes needed a more configurable, compact version, so we delivered. The VGC10 is another great example of OnRobot’s mission to be the one-stop-shop for innovative, collaborative end-of-arm tooling that lets manufacturers focus on their application rather than the complexities of the robot.”
OnRobot is supported in Australia through six distributor partners: Mobile Electrics, Scott Automation and Robotics, Collaborative Robots Australia, Auto Controls Systems, Australis Engineering, and Diverseco.