Plug-and-play vacuum end-of-arm tooling

Plug-and-play vacuum end-of-arm tooling

June 25, 2018

Bimba Manufacturing
Automation Material Handling Toolholding/Workholding

University Park, Illinois – Bimba has launched the Collaborative Robot Vacuum Tool (CRVT), a plug-and-play end effector option for collaborative robots.

Developed to meet the versatile nature of collaborative robots, Bimba’s CRVT comes off-the-shelf as a complete solution – no external valve required. Although designed to support a variety of applications with minimal configuration, Bimba offers pump options to let users meet their application vacuum requirements.

“Collaborative robots are making it easier than ever before for manufacturers to implement automation. With the CRVT, Bimba is looking to make the end effector as flexible and easy to use as the robot,” says Jeremy King, product manager for Bimba. “The CRVT is designed to be controlled using the I/O connection built into the robot. No additional software or controls are required. That means simply connecting the tool to the robot and supplying an air-line to it. Once that’s done, you’re ready to program!”

Vacuum end effectors offer advantages compared to mechanical grippers n that they only require access to one side of the work piece. In addition, vacuum grippers can handle various part sizes, shapes, and weights without making changes to the robot’s settings.

As part of Universal Robots’ UR+ program, the CRVT is tested and approved to integrate directly with UR robots, ensuring easy setup, programming, and operation. Compatibility with additional robotics manufacturers will be available in the future.

The CRVT comes standard with venturi vacuum pump, valve, vacuum switch, muffler, and cups integrated in a single end effector.