|[March 20, 2017]
On Robot Brings Innovative, Customizable Grippers to Collaborative Robot Arms in North America
On Robot, the fast-growing Danish manufacturer of innovative grippers
for collaborative robots, is bringing its technology to North America to
provide manufacturers with more user-friendly, safe and flexible
grippers for collaborative robots (cobots). Officially launching to the
North American market at Automate
2017 in April, On Robot's two-finger RG2 grippers-available in both
single and dual versions- mount easily on the arms of cobots without any
external wires; for robots that have infinite rotation of the last
joint, this enables unprecedented flexibility and productivity. The RG2
grippers can be easily programmed directly from the same interface as
the robot, and the gripper can be modified without previous programming
experience, making them ideal for collaborative robot users.
"User-friendly robot arms need user-friendly grippers, and until RG2,
the ease-of-use and flexibility required just wasn't available," said
Torben Ekvall, On Robot CEO. "Most traditional grippers work by using
compressed air, which takes up a lot of space, is energy-intensive and
is far too complicated for many users. On Robot's RG2 is an electronic
solution that is easy to mount, is very flexible and can be modified by
an operator on the factory floor without the assistance of an engineer.
This ease-of-use will help speed development for an increasing number of
On Robot is yet another exciting result of the Odense, Denmark robotics
cluster, with technology developed by founders Bilge
Jacob Christiansen, formerly with cobot leader Universal Robots, and Ebbe
Overgaard Fuglsang. Investors behind the company include Thomas
Visti, previously with Universal Robots and now CEO of Mobile Industrial
Robots (MiR), Enrico Krog Iversen, previous CEO of Universal Robots, and
the Danish Growth Fund.
Unique features of the RG2 gripper ideally meet the needs of cobot users
Simple and intuitive programming: RG2 lets operators easily choose
what they need the gripper to do and the gripper responds with mtion
as flexible as the cobot itself.
Angle mounting: From 0° to 180° in 30° steps, in both the single- and
dual-gripper setup, the gripper ensures great flexibility and
adaptability for comprehensive tasks.
Customizable fingertips: The gripper fingers support the use of
customized fingertips, which can be designed by end users to fit
Assisted center-of-gravity calculation: Users enter the value of the
payload and the robot calculates the rest, making programming easier,
enhancing overall productivity and improving safety by enabling more
accurate robot arm movements.
Continuous grip indication: The gripper can discern any lost or
deliberately removed object.
Automatic Tool Center Point (TCP) calculation: Automatic calculation
of how the robot arm moves around the calculated TCP of an object,
depending on the position in which the gripper is mounted, for easier
programming and use.
On Robot Expands into North America with Experienced Regional Manager
The RG2 collaborative grippers are currently used in more than 40
countries, with strong demand from North American companies looking for
more cost-effective grippers that offer additional capabilities and are
easier to use. Collaborative robots are the fastest-growing segment in
robotics, but new applications require grippers that meet users'
expectations for affordability and ease of use. To meet demand, On Robot
has appointed experienced high-tech distributor Gary
Eliasson as its general manager for North America.
"The demand for easy-to-use and -program cobots in North America is
growing dramatically," says Eliasson. "But the missing link of the
entire collaborative development has been grippers that are as flexible
and dexterous as the arm itself. RG2 is that missing link. I'm looking
forward to filling the demand with a robust distribution network
throughout North America to help manufacturers automate their processes
as easily and cost-effectively as possible."
See On Robot and the RG2 Grippers at Automate 2017
On Robot will be exhibiting at Automate 2017, booth # 469, where founder
Bilge Christiansen will join CEO Torben Ekvall and General Manager Gary
Eliasson to promote the RG2 grippers to this new market.
About On Robot
Based in Odense, Denmark, On Robot provides innovative and customizable
plug-and-play grippers that help manufacturers take full advantage of
the benefits of collaborative robots (cobots): ease of use,
cost-effectiveness and safe use alongside human workers. On Robot's
flagship product, the RG2, mounts directly on the cobot arm, is highly
flexible and is simple enough to be programmed and operated without the
need for engineers, helping speed development and affordably automating
processes. The company was founded by Bilge Jacob Christiansen and Ebbe
Overgaard Fuglsang in 2014; co-owner and CEO Torben Ekvall, former CEO
of Brüel & Kjær Vibro, joined in 2015. Investors include the Danish
Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) as well as Universal Robots alumni Enrico Krog
Iversen and Thomas Visti. For more information, visit http://www.onrobot.dk
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