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Robotiq writers blog about what drives us as a company and what we consider as the new way of thinking about industrial manufacturing, automation and robotics including: the latest breakthroughs, flexible industrial automation, and high-mix, low- volume manufacturing.

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New Controller for 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-85

  
  
  
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At Robotiq we are always seeking to make life easier for our customers. We work hard to include new features on our Grippers or devices that answer the feedback from end-users and distributors. Recently we came out with a new controller (Universal Controller) for our 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-85. It is actually the exact same controller that the 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-200 is using. With this new fit we wanted to unify our Gripper's control method. So we have decided that the Universal Controller will be able to be used on the next generation of the 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-85, the present and next version of the 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-200, as well as with Kinetiq Teaching. The following article will give you the main upgrades and advantages of the Universal Controller when used with our Robot Grippers.

How Does the Robotiq Gripper Self-Locking System Work?

  
  
  
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Choosing an end-effector for your robot can sometimes be confusing. In fact, a lot of different options are available which might suit your application. When looking for a robot gripper you want it to be reliable, repeatable, precise and safe. Some robot grippers out there are touted as super accurate with good repeatability, but what happens if the air or electricity runs out… The object that is in the gripper can fall and break and/or injure the human workers that are near the robot. This is why all of our Robot Grippers are self-locking. With the growing presence of the collaborative robot in the manufacturing world, we wanted to make a safe robotic Gripper that will keep its grasp on the object if the energy source runs out or if there is a fail in the programming method.

Handy New How-to Videos on Kinetiq Teaching

  
  
  
Kinetiq Teaching - Welding Robot Functionalities

Here are two new videos showing you how to create, import and export jobs with Kinetiq Teaching. The second video demonstrates some different motions types, adjustments and control options. You might think that this must be complicated, but it's actually quite simple with our touch-screen intuitive interface. These videos will definitely help you to have more precision, control and efficiency with the Kinetiq Teaching Welding Solution.

Human-Robot System Detects Gas Leaks

  
  
  
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Efficient and effective maintenance is crucial for every industry. In the case of industries with intensive capital investments, it is even more relevant. For these industries, proper maintenance has an important impact on their operation costs during the long life cycle of their production.

ROS Package for Robotiq Grippers

  
  
  
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In the last couple of months we have noticed an increased interest in the ROS package for the Robotiq Adaptive Grippers. This programming method is well established in the research community and is beginning to transfer its good reputation to the industrial automation world as well. This article will explain the basics of ROS and will guide you through different components of the ROS package for Robotiq.

How to Use Object Detection with Robotiq's Adaptive Grippers?

  
  
  
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All the Robotiq Adaptive Grippers have a built-in object detection function. In fact, this article will present to you the main points on this device and will show you how to read and interpret the data used for object detection. You should notice that it is a built-in function on all our Robot Grippers, so no additional tasks or programming lines need to be added to the robot program.

How to Videos on Kinetiq Teaching - Teach your Welding Robot by Demonstration

  
  
  
Teach your Welding Robot by Demonstration with Kinetiq Teaching

We have put together two videos to help you get the most out of Kinetiq Teaching (KT). The first one shows you how to activate Kinetiq Teaching and the other one gives you tips and advice to boost your efficiency when using the Kinetiq Teaching solution. As a reminder, Kinetiq Teaching enables you to teach a welding robot by hand-guiding its arm through welding trajectories and easily set welding parameters with no in-depth knowledge of programming thanks to its intuitive interface.

Robotic Machine Tending Case Study - Robotiq Adaptive Gripper

  
  
  
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Inertia Switch, a manufacturer of all kinds of switches for high-tech industries and a full-service manufacturing provider in aerospace, mechanical and electrical products, used the full benefits of automation for a machine tending application involving the Robotiq Adaptive Gripper and Universal Robots.

How to Choose the Right Mechanical Coupling for your Robotic Gripper?

  
  
  
Robotiq Gripper Mechanical Coupling

When looking for a robotic cell, a lot of factors need to be considered in order to make your cell run as fast as possible. When choosing a specific robot, a lot of different configurations can be made regarding the end effector's fixation method. In fact, most of the time when buying a specific gripper and robotic arm, they won’t match with each other. This is why most companies use mechanical couplings or adapters to be able to fix the gripper to the robot arm. This article will guide you through the different lexicon and steps to identify which Robotiq adapter plate you should use depending on your robot.

Improving Workstations Ergonomically with Collaborative Robots

  
  
  
Collaborative Robots - Ergonomics

The importance of having good ergonomic work conditions for your human employees is essential for a smooth working environment. Though in reality many actual working environments may never have been reviewed in this light. Putting in place ergonomic work conditions will cost in the initial setup, studying your work processes and implementing the recommendations. But it will payoff with fewer injuriesparticularly in repetitive stress situations, thus resulting in less absenteeism and fewer sick days. It often increases work flow, because of its ease of use, but also may eliminate the work stoppages that slow down production. One idea is to help employees work alongside collaborative robots, who preform the tasks that are likely to cause the most injuries, this is a great way to value your employees and increase production. 

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