Gripper system for an automated workstation that can select and grip several types of parts: alternators, starters, air condition compressor units, within a container that has several levels.
What we are looking for
As part of our plant process improvement effort, certain manual workstations that are characterised as “strenuous” could be automated in order to reduce costs and increase speed.
In order to rectify this issue, several workstations have been studied to characterise the variety of parts that are handled: picking out alternators, starters and air condition compressor units.
The system must be able to extract parts without damaging them (connectors, transmission spindles, etc.), must not use any electromagnetic-type solutions, and also must be able to manage separation of packaging elements.
It must be flexible enough to allow for gripping of several “families” of parts that are of different dimensions, weights, and shapes, while also limiting the diversity of hardware in our work areas. The individual weight of the parts varies between roughly 2.5 and 9 kg.
It must be able to extract the parts from different types of packaging, since the parts are distributed across several levels inside the packaging.
Expected performance elements are gripping speed (less than 3 sec) and a grip strength that is adequate for carrying parts without dropping them. The speed of transport of the parts ranges from 250 mm/s to 1,000 mm/s.
The proposed system must be able to be actuated electrically using a button switch in order to be able to manually test performance.
The target price for the gripping system must not exceed €10K.
What we are not looking for
Our goal is to have a high performance gripping system as a first step. The proposed solution will neither deal with locating the part, nor with how the gripper interfaces with the robotic arm on which the solution will be eventually installed.
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