"Achieving the scenarios of Industry 4.0, human-robot collaboration and service and assistance robotics calls for intelligent, dextrous and highly networked gripping systems that can automatically identify workpieces, continuously sense the surrounding area, align themselves autonomously and ensure safe and stable handling, even when working with a wide variety of parts," explains Dr. Markus Klaiber, Technical Director/CTO at SCHUNK, the leading company for gripping and clamping systems. "Industrial gripping is set to be revolutionized in the next five years," he says. At HANNOVER MESSE 2017, SCHUNK will be showing exactly how things will look in the smart factory with numerous live applications.
In the area of human-robot collaboration alone, SCHUNK is exhibiting six different SCHUNK Co-act demonstrators that exemplify the potential of barrier-free collaboration between humans and robots in a variety of sectors. The highlight is the user-friendly SCHUNK Co-act gripper JL1, which is equipped with capacitive and tactile sensor systems and is the world’s first intelligent gripper able to interact and communicate directly with people. SCHUNK is also presenting the 5-finger SCHUNK SVH hand, which sets standards as the world’s first MRC gripper certified by the German Social Accident Insurance Association (DGUV).