A good helper for grabbing targets for your cobot | Electric


This article will discuss two electric grippers with the myCobot 320. We will talk about their functions and which suits your project better.


What is a gripper?

The gripper of a robotic arm, also known as one kind of end-effector, is mounted on the arm and able to grab, transport, and place items into a particular location.

Based on the manufacturer, the gripper is like a human hand, such as a three-finger or five-finger product. Or a palm without fingers, such as a parallel two-finger gripper. They can be tools for carrying out specialist work, such as a spray paint gun mounted on a robot’s wrist, welding tools, etc.

In terms of driving methods, there are three types of driving: hydraulic, pneumatic, and electric.

Hydraulic end-effector owns easy speed regulation but higher pressure, high system cost and more troublesome maintenance.

Pneumatic end-effectors are currently the most widely used end-effectors in the industry due to their low cost and wide range of models. Still, the unstable output of air pressure from the air source can lead to insufficient clamping force, making the workpiece prone to falling off.

Electric end-effectors are superior to hydraulic and pneumatic end-effectors in terms of performance and structure and are the future trend in the end-effector industry. Compared to pneumatic end-effectors, the system structure replaces the pneumatic end-effector’s air source, filter, solenoid valve, and other parts with an electric drive. Compared to the hydraulic end-effector, the system is easy to maintain and does not require hydraulic energy, reducing energy pollution.

Today we are presenting a electric parallel gripper and an adaptive gripper.


Here is an abbreviated list of the specification of these two grippers.

myCobot 320

We use the myCobot 320 to connect to these two grippers.

myCobot 320 is a six-axis robotic arm with a wide range of functions that can be equipped with various actuators, such as grippers, suction pumps, etc. It is particularly suitable for education and research.

Adaptive Gripper

Here is a video demo of the electric gripper.

According to the specification, the stroke of the adaptive girpper is 0 to 90 mm.

As we can see the adaptive gripper have a wide range of gripping possibilities and can easily pick up less conventional objects. Here are the detailed parameters and construction of the adaptive gripper.

Structure of Adaptive Gripper

Structure of Adaptive Gripper

(The diagram of the gripper structure gives the user a better understanding of its composition, how it is driven, etc.)

Electric Parallel Gripper

In contrast, the electric parallel gripper has a clamping width of only 14 mm, but it is more accurate and stable than the adaptive gripper. The electric parallel gripper is more suitable for scenarios where high precision is required and parts are small.

After watching the demonstration in the video, you may wonder what the advantages of the electric parallel grippers are when the adaptive grippers can also do the same.

The advantage in terms of clamping width is lost in exchange for the high accuracy of ±0.02mm and the ability to clamp quickly. Its advantages are demonstrated in some assembly work.

Here are the detailed specification and construction of the electric parallel gripper.

Structure of Electric Parallel Gripper

Structure of Electric Parallel Gripper


The choice of a suitable gripper depends on the environment in which it is used. If you are using a large object (width>14mm ), then you can choose an adaptive gripper. If you are using an object that requires a more accurate gripper (e.g., assembly work ), then choose an electric parallel jaw. To find out more about the myCobot 320 , please click on. We’ll update the pneumatically driven flexible gripper and suction pump later. Your likes and comments are our motivation!

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What would you like to know about elephant robotics, please leave a comment!

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Can your robot play chess or open up a beer bottle? :smiley:

Just a creative thinking based on some YouTube videos.

Thank you.

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Of course, the sixth joint of the myCobot has no angle or limitation and can do things like open bottle caps! We’ll make it happen!

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