Robot grippers are ROS 2.0 native

January 28, 2019 // By Julien Happich
Robot grippers are ROS 2.0 native
Robotiq has designed modular end-of-arm tooling that is seamlessly interoperable with all other ROS 2.0 speaking robotic components, regardless of their original manufacturer.

Through a recent strategic agreement, startup Acutronic Robotics has add modular characteristics to three of the biggest-selling adaptive grippers in the market: Robotiq's Hand E, 2F-85 and 2F-140. Ranging from 50mm to 140mm stroke, all three grippers are now available worldwide in a modular version.

Modularity reduces system integration effort, one of the largest bottlenecks in robotic development. In other words, modularizing robot parts makes building, extending or repairing robots much simpler and efficient. New industry players are discovering robot development for themselves to extend automation to new applications, and they are using ROS instead of building their own proprietary software system. The new Robotiq modular grippers are qualified to achieve time synchronization and deterministic communications enabled with TSN standards. Moreover, thanks to Robotiq and to Acutronic Robotics' design team, all three grippers are easy to install manually and designed to work perfectly with collaborative robots for a fast, easy, plug & play integration.

For clients already owning a Robotiq gripper, Acutronic Robotics has also launched an "add on" solution: the Modular Adapter, an independent coupling that enables to make any of the three Robotiq Adaptive Grippers modular and ROS 2.0 native. The Modular Adapter has been designed to be easily fixed to the grippers, through a simple Ethernet connector.

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