Single-pad gripper for flat, shiny, and perforated workpieces

23 February 2020

OnRobot has launched a compact, single-pad version of its Gecko no-mark adhesive gripper.

The new Gecko Single Pad (SP) gripper is designed for applications with smaller payloads. It is available in three sizes, SP1, SP3 and SP5, indicating the different grippers’ lifting capacities in kilos.

The Gecko SP can handle high-shine surfaces without leaving marks, eliminating the cleaning step in the manufacturing process. The new model retains its larger sibling’s ability to grip a diverse range of workpieces, including perforated ones such as printed circuit boards, aluminum mesh or head gaskets.

The Gecko gripper technology uses millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that adhere to a surface using powerful van der Waals forces — the same way that geckos climb. The technology requires no compressed air or external power.

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