Title

Development of an Autonomous Friction Gripper for Industrial Robots

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Engineering (SOE)

RAS ID

12819

Comments

This article was originally published as: Tolouei Rad, M. , & Kalivitis, P. (2011). Development of an autonomous friction gripper for industrial robots. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 58, 347-352. Original article available here

Abstract

Industrial robots become useless without end-effectors that for many instances are in the form of friction grippers. Commonly friction grippers apply frictional forces to different objects on the basis of programmers’ experiences. This puts a limitation on the effectiveness of gripping force that may result in damaging the object. This paper describes various stages of design and development of a low cost sensor-based robotic gripper that would facilitate the task of applying right gripping forces to different objects. The gripper is also equipped with range sensors in order to avoid collisions of the gripper with objects. It is a fully functional automated pick and place gripper which can be used in many industrial applications. Yet it can also be altered or further developed in order to suit a larger number of industrial activities. The current design of gripper could lead to designing completely automated robot grippers able to improve the efficiency and productivity of industrial robots.

Access Rights

Open Access