Magnetic gripper for safe and precise collaborative applications

22 March 2021

OnRobot has launched the MG10, an easy-to-use magnetic gripper for material handling, assembly and machine tending applications.

Compatible with all major robot brands, through OnRobot’s One System Solution, the MG10 offers adjustable force and grip detection features that provide users with what are described as unprecedented levels of control.

Standard magnetic grippers are only able to provide simple ON/OFF functionality. To adjust the force applied, users have to add rubber ‘feet’ to create space between the magnet and the part. This is an imprecise process that does not always guarantee perfect results, especially on applications that involve handling thin metal sheets and small metal parts where magnetic grippers often accidentally end up picking more than one sheet or part as the force cannot be adjusted.

The MG10 comes with built-in grip and sensors for part detection. For applications that involve handling sheet metal  – such as machine tending tasks that require robots to lift sheet metal from a stack, place it into a press brake/press bending machine, and remove it when the machine has completed its work – this functionality ensures smooth, consistent and safe operation. And if the robot loses power or has to make an e-stop while performing a task there is no risk of the part being handled being dropped.


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