Robotics & Handling Equipment

Additive Manufacturing enables cost-efficient production of lightweight gripper systems with integrated functions that can be adapted individually to the product to be transported

Automated handling devices and robotic systems often form the heart of industrial production. The gripper systems used must always be designed specifically for the product to be transported. The greater the variance of the products, the greater the need to adjust the gripper systems accordingly. In addition, the productivity of a production machine is often directly proportionate to the acceleration capability of the gripper systems. Lightweight grabbers thus play a central role in handling and robotic system applications.

The innovative Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology offers ground-breaking benefits in relation to the design and manufacture of gripper systems: The targeted use of materials means that even complex structures can be produced as stable lightweight components. The reduced moving masses have a positive direct effect on the achievable acceleration and therefore on the productivity of the machine. Additive Manufacturing makes it possible to adjust the design of gripper systems very quickly if the product to be transported changes.

One of the particular strengths of laser sintering technology is the fact that functions can be integrated directly in components. Hinges, gripper mechanisms, air channels, mounts for sensors and other functions can be incorporated in the components during production. This makes it possible to dispense with additional assembly steps for many individual components, further increasing cost efficiency.