piCOBOT, a vacuum-based end-of-arm tool from Piab, is now compatible more collaborative robots and even smaller industrial robots. This is possible thanks to a new generic electrical interface and new mechanical mounting plate options that are in accordance with the ISO 9409-1 standard.
piCOBOT was originally certified to work with cobots only from Universal Robots (UR), which is hands down the market leader. But now it is extending its reach into the cobot market.
Using an online configuration tool, Piab’s customers can choose between a generic electrical interface including a standard cable or one specified by UR. Customers are also able to choose various mechanical interfaces to configure tools that meet their requirements.
“The cobot market is exploding at the moment, so it is hardly surprising that manufacturers are interested in combining their cobots with our genuinely flexible and user-friendly end-of-arm-tool,” said Jan Schieche, Piab’s Global Product Manager Automation. “piCOBOT enables energy-optimized and safe operation, ensuring that the manufacturers’ cobots become as productive as possible.”
Offering plug-and-play extensions to cobots, piCOBOT features Piab’s proprietary COAX vacuum technology. The gripper comprises a vacuum pump unit and a gripper unit fitted with suction cups. Including the gripper, it weighs only 1.59 lb. and lifts objects weighing up to 15.4 lb.
A compact format and low build height of 2.72 inches also allows piCOBOT to be used in tight spaces. Designed for maximum flexibility and reach, it is 3.82-5.59 in wide and its gripper arm is tiltable to +/-15 degrees.
“piCOBOT can now be used to extend the reach of all cobots regardless of brand, making collaborative robots even more collaborative, and in doing so promoting more user-friendly and productive working environments,” said Schieche.