Engineers at North Carolina State University have developed a robotic gripper that is gentle enough to pick up a drop of water, strong enough to pick up a 14-pound weight, dexterous enough to fold a cloth, and precise enough to pick up strips of film that are 20 times thinner than a human hair.
Automation Assembly tasks often present challenges! A lot happens in a small space - fast cycle times and high-quality finished product is paramount. Schunk offers some suggestions for common challenges.
MyAppCafé is a fully automated robotic barista. The machine is the brainchild of caterer and entrepreneur Michael Stille of Karlsruhe, Germany, who envisioned a fully automated system for vending coffee at catered events and trade shows.
Some Tier II suppliers provide a wide range of parts to the automotive industry, while others are better suited to focus on only one type of part. Grand Rapids, MI-based Erwin Quarder Inc. (EQI) specializes in making plastic-injection overmolded, two-shot-molded and insert-molded parts.