6 advances in robotic grippers to watch

The Robot Report | March 04, 2019

Robots have used multiple types of grippers for years, but the push for more manual dexterity has become more urgent because of rising demand from e-commerce order fulfillment and other applications. Human-level manipulation of various objects is a difficult technical challenge, and robotics developers and vendors have responded with a range of solutions.
From claw, parallel, and rotary grippers to bellows, magnetic, and vacuum grippers, robotic manipulation has evolved to meet the needs of industries including automotive and electronics manufacturing and food processing. With the rise of collaborative robot arms or cobots, machine manipulation has diversified to handle a widening variety of objects.

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PRNewswire | August 16, 2023

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PR Newswire | August 11, 2023

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PR Newswire | July 31, 2023

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