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What's up with Robotiq at Automate 2015?

Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette
by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette. Last updated on Jan 15, 2016 4:11 PM
Posted on Mar 10, 2015 2:16 PM. 6 min read time

Automate, the biennial automation show is back for 2015. Held in Chicago, IL, from March 23rd to the 26th , we are pleased to announce that Robotiq will be part of the show. With innovations and new release announcements, the show will be really interesting for the robotic industry. This year, we will be housed in different booths, here is a short list of what is going on for Robotiq at Automate 2015. 

Robotiq Presents its New 2-Finger 85 to the Robotic Industry

We have recently launched an updated version of the 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper and we are really excited to show it off to the robotic industrial community. The Gripper is basically an enhanced version of our past model. It is two times stronger and 50% faster.

Compatible with all major industrial robots having a payload of between 5 to 10 kg and specifically with Universal Robots, the 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper provides greater flexibility to robots by handling a wide variety of part shapes with its different gripping modes. With control over finger force, the user has the freedom to pick up fragile or brittle items, as well as tough parts.


“We have redesigned the 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper to let people take full advantage of robotics. With this new product and its featured bundle for Universal Robots, we want to make robotics accessible to everyone by being more intuitive and user-friendly”, says Samuel Bouchard, President of Robotiq.

From cabling, to the mechanical coupling and software drivers, Robotiq provides everything you need for a quick installation. On the software side, Robotiq drivers for Universal Robots have been developed to install automatically, simply by plugging our USB drive into the Universal Robots' teach pendant. On the hardware side, the 2-Finger 85 connects directly to the USB port of the robot controller. An external controller is no longer required. Come visit us at Automate, booth 936, to see our new Gripper and the rest of our product line. 

Matrox; Our Canadian Compatriots, eh!

The Canadian brand Matrox will be using our Gripper to demonstrate a pick and place application. The demonstration will be using a Robotiq 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper, a DENSO robot (VP-6242GM) plus a Matrox Iris GT camera paired with the Matrox Design Assistant software. This presentation will demonstrate the pick and place ability of the robot to pick parts that are randomly placed. After the vision system locates the parts, the robot grabs them and carries them to their final location. Matrox is specialized in vision systems and is also Canadian, like us, eh! So, we are also really pleased to be visible on the Canadian side of the show too. Go visit them at booth 939.

Samuel Bouchard, Conference on Grippers for Collaborative Robots

0a65132Robotiq's CEO, Samuel Bouchard will be participating in a conference on grippers for collaborative robots entitled Collaborative Robots: Gripping Technologies along with John Amend of Empire Robotics and Leif Jentoft for RightHand Robotics. If you have any concerns related to the safety and/or utility of grippers designed for collaborative uses (or if you are just curious) you may want to attend this conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in Room N229. To learn more about grippers in collaborative uses, make sure to read this article

Kinetiq Teaching Presented by Yaskawa/Motoman

A few aisles away from the Robotiq booth is the Yaskawa booth. In their booth you will have the chance to try Robotiq Kinetiq Teaching. This teach by demonstration device has been designed to show the robot how to weld by hand-guiding them trhough the path they have to weld. Go visit them at booth 559.

Stay tuned for news from Automate 2015, I will try to keep you informed with the different releases that will be going on during the week. We will, for sure, do a recap of the major events including what we will have learned about from Automate 2015 and... give you our favorite show picks.


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Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette
Mathieu is a production engineer at Robotiq, where he constantly strives to optimize the production line for Robotiq Grippers. He enjoys discovering new robotic applications and sharing what he learns on Robotiq's blog.
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