Scan Magazine, Issue 102, July 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Robot Technology Denmark

On Robot launched the dual gripper, which can save producers even more time and resources.

Get a grip of the future In an increasingly competitive global market, collaborative robots and collaborative grippers have become a more and more common sight at global production sites. The rapidly expanding robot firm On Robot is one of the companies making the technology available to SMEs. Versatile, safe and user-friendly, the Odense-based company’s collaborative grippers are the definition of ‘plug and produce’. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: On Robot

Developed by Bilge Jacob Christiansen and Ebbe Overgaard Fuglsang back in 2015, the electrical RG2 gripper has quickly made an impact on the emerging global market of collaborative robots, also called ‘cobots’. The key ambition behind the development of the gripper was to provide a cable-free gripping solution without the complications of traditional pneumatic 36  |  Issue 102  |  July 2017

grippers, explains head of sales in Europe, Kenneth Bruun Henriksen. “The idea was to create a flexible gripper that would be able to handle different sizes, objects and weights. Unlike the majority of the existing, usually very complex, grippers on the market, which need extensive wiring and external air supply, it was to be simple to install and operate.”

Last year, On Robot received a large investment from Vækstfonden and a group of leaders within the robot industry including Enrico Krog Iversen, former director of Universal Robots, and Thomas Visti Jensen, CEO at Mobile Industrial Robots ApS (MIR). The company has been expanding rapidly ever since, and its new technology is being picked up by companies and distributors around the world.

Human and robot hands working safely side by side Traditional robot gripping solutions often require not just a lot of space and energy, but also a high level of expertise to install and operate. On Robot’s grippers, on the

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