A new accessory for seamless integration of pneumatic grippers on collaborative robots is available from PHD, Inc.  Pneu-ConnectTM connects directly to the tool port on the robot arm making it easy to attach a PHD pneumatic gripper to a Universal Robot (UR) brand cobot. The Pneu-Connect incorporates a built-in pneumatic directional control valve for opening and closing the gripper. A connector is provided on the Pneu-Connect that plugs directly into the UR robot tool port. The Pneu-Connect comes with a “CAP” which is an application specific to the UR collaborative robot. The “CAP” runs inside of the UR control software and provides a graphical interface making the pneumatic gripper easy to use and integrate with the cobot.   
FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Seamless, cost-effective, end-effector integration
  • Ease of use
  • Incorporated MAC® valves and control board
  • Common jaw mounting for application specific tooling
WHAT IS IT?
The Pneu-Connect package includes the gripper, the gripper mounting plate, and a cuff that connects directly to the cobot arm. The cuff makes it easy to attach a PHD pneumatic gripper to a Universal Robot and incorporates a built-in MAC directional control valve for opening and closing the gripper, requiring only one air-line.

This system comes with “UR CAP” software—an application specific to the UR robot. The CAP runs inside of the UR control software, and provides a graphical interface, making the programming and set-up of the pneumatic gripper easy to use and integrate through the UR Teach Pendant.gs.

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