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Robot gripper figures out angle of attack

05 February 2020

Inther has launched a gripping system for automated order picking.

The GRIPP (Gantry Robotic Intelligent Piece Picker) has a large reach, is compact, safe, and processes up to 1,200 items per hour. 

The company says: “A large number of products can be processed, and the robot can be used in a flexible and smart way. Regardless of the shape of the product, the gripper can pick up the item. An "angle of attack" has been built into the software to ensure that the robot approaches the product from the right direction. As a result, the robot gets a better grip and the error probabilities are significantly reduced.”

Pre‐sorting or buffering is no longer necessary since the GRIPP is able to process products from one storage bin into twelve order bin locations. The GRIPP also provides a space advantage in the warehouse due to its compact size. In addition, the robot performs measurements: the weight of the product, the negative weight when grabbing the product, the length and width and even the height of the item. This height measurement, conducted with a light sensor, is said to be unique in the logistics industry. Through these measurements, the robot determines how quickly it can move a product (weight‐dependent) and places the various items in the correct bin where they are arranged automatically and as efficiently as possible.

You can see a video of the GRIPP in action here