Flexible and soft robotic grippers: the key to new markets?

Flexible and soft robotic grippers: the key to new markets? PurposeThis paper aims to provide details of recent commercial and academic developments in flexible and soft grippers and considers their impact on emerging robotic markets.Design/methodology/approachFollowing an introduction, this paper first considers commercially available anthropomorphic robotic hands and soft grippers. It then discusses a selection of recent research activities and concludes with a brief discussion of the potential of these developments.FindingsAnthropomorphic robotic hands, which seek to mimic the structure and capabilities of the human hand, together with a technologically diverse family of soft grippers have recently have been commercialised. Most are produced by companies which spun-out from academic establishments. A strong body of innovative research continues and involves a wide range of principles and technologies. These gripping technologies are expected to catalyse several new and emerging applications; the most important being in agile manufacturing, particularly when used with collaborative robots (cobots).Originality/valueThis paper provides details of recent developments and research into anthropomorphic hands and soft grippers and an insight into their applications. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Robot: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Flexible and soft robotic grippers: the key to new markets?

Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 43 (3): 6 – May 16, 2016

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0143-991X
DOI
10.1108/IR-01-2016-0027
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PurposeThis paper aims to provide details of recent commercial and academic developments in flexible and soft grippers and considers their impact on emerging robotic markets.Design/methodology/approachFollowing an introduction, this paper first considers commercially available anthropomorphic robotic hands and soft grippers. It then discusses a selection of recent research activities and concludes with a brief discussion of the potential of these developments.FindingsAnthropomorphic robotic hands, which seek to mimic the structure and capabilities of the human hand, together with a technologically diverse family of soft grippers have recently have been commercialised. Most are produced by companies which spun-out from academic establishments. A strong body of innovative research continues and involves a wide range of principles and technologies. These gripping technologies are expected to catalyse several new and emerging applications; the most important being in agile manufacturing, particularly when used with collaborative robots (cobots).Originality/valueThis paper provides details of recent developments and research into anthropomorphic hands and soft grippers and an insight into their applications.

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Industrial Robot: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 16, 2016

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