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End-of-Arm Vacuum Tool Configurable for Any Cobot

October 7, 2019
Piab vacuum operated end-of-arm-tool piCOBOT
Piab vacuum operated end-of-arm-tool piCOBOT

Piab’s piCOBOT vacuum operated end-of-arm-tool (EOAT) is available with a generic electrical interface, as well as several options for mechanical mounting plate dimensions in accordance with the ISO 9409-1 standard, enabling it to be configured to work with any collaborative robot and smaller industrial robots.

By offering generic compatibility for piCOBOT, Piab is answering calls from several manufacturers of cobots wishing to use the company’s vacuum EOAT in collaboration with their cobots. Originally certified to work with cobots from Universal Robots, piCOBOT now extends its reach into the cobot market offering a high degree of configurability.

Through a user-friendly online configuration tool, customers can choose between a generic electrical interface including a standard cable or one specified by Universal Robots. Customers are also able to choose various mechanical interfaces, configuring tools that precisely meet their specific requirements and/or applications. Offering plug-and-play extensions to cobots, piCOBOT ensures safe and effective human-robot interaction. Featuring the proprietary and efficient COAX vacuum technology, piCOBOT comprises a vacuum pump unit and a gripper unit fitted with suction cups. The company’s range of suction cups enables customers to tailor their own solutions.

“The cobot market is exploding at the moment, so it is hardly surprising that manufacturers are interested in combining their cobots with our genuinely flexible and user-friendly end-of-arm-tool,” said Jan Schieche, global product manager automation. “piCOBOT enables energy-optimized and safe operation, ensuring that the manufacturers’ cobots become as productive as possible.”

Providing optimal payload capacity for the cobot, piCOBOT including the gripper weighs only 1.59 lb. Despite its minimal weight, the EOAT is still able to lift objects weighing up to 15.4 lb. A compact format and low build height of 2.72 in. also allow it to be used in space-restricted areas. Designed for maximum flexibility and reach, it is 3.82-5.59 in. wide and its gripper arm is tiltable to +/-15 degrees.

Piab USA, Hingham, MA 800-321-7422 www.piab.com

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