Adhesion Gripper for Robotic Arms – 21004

An adhesion gripper is a robot end effector that grasps objects by literally sticking to them. In its most primitive form, this type of gripper consists of a rod, sphere, or other solid object covered with two-sided tape. Velcro™ can also be used if the object(s) to be grasped are likewise equipped.

A major asset of the adhesive gripper is the fact that it is simple. As long as the adhesive keeps its “stickiness,” it will continue to function without maintenance. However, there are certain limitations. The most significant is the fact that the adhesive cannot readily be disabled in order to release the grasp on an object. Some other means, such as devices that lock the gripped object into place,must be used.

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