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Top 5 Robotiq Appearances @ Automate 2017 (So Far)

Emmet Cole
by Emmet Cole on Apr 4, 2017 5:25:57 PM

One of the most exciting things about Automate 2017 is seeing so much Robotiq tech (wrist cameras, grippers, and force sensors) being used in various booths. We took a quick trip around the exhibition area and compiled some of our favorite implementations. 

Here's our Top 5 Robotiq Appearances @ Automate 2017 (So Far)

#5 ArtiMinds 

German firm ArtiMinds (Booth #363) has created software that enables point and click cobot programming through an easy-to use visual interface. 

In this shot, a cobot system that uses a UR5 and the Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper perpares to pick up an object.  We really liked the simplicity of the software's visual interface.

#4 Dorner Manufacturing Corp. 

Dorner Mfg. Corp (Booth #1059) is running a nice demo that shows a UR5 arm fitted with a Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper testing electric fans as they move along a conveyor belt.  

We really liked this implementation as it shows how cobots can be used safely and effectively in dynamic environments and when there are plenty of people around. 

#3 Creaform 

Fellow Québécois and 3D scanner maker Creaform (Booth #765) is using a Robotiq force sensor to automate its portable 3D scanners. Robotiq's force sensor enables the system to create highly-detailed 3D models of the object being scanned by helping the portable scanner to orient itself in space.  

How space age is that?! 

#2 Universal Robots 

Danish cobot maker Universal Robots (Booth #1245) is running two demos with Robotiq technology --our wrist cameras and grippers

In the first, a Robotiq gripper moves blocks on a Festo 7-axis rail

In the second, a Robotiq wrist camera and gripper show their positioning (and artistic) prowess:


#1 Clearpath Robotics

Earlier today, we posted about Clearpath Robotics' (Booth #2047) integration of an Otto 100 robot with a UR5 and a Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper to create mobile cobots.

It's really cool and deserving of #1 on our list. 


Coming Next: What Blew Our Socks Off Today @ Automate 2017! 


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Emmet Cole
Written by Emmet Cole
A freelance robotics writer since 2006, Emmet is an Economist contributor, and a regular contributor to Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends. His writing on robots has also appeared in Wired, BBC Future, BBC Focus magazine, Space Quarterly, and numerous other outlets.
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