Manipal Journal of Science and Technology


Today’s manufacturers aim to reduce costs, increase agility, and automate processes - including high-mix, labour intensive ones. Grippers are used to automate most processes and are thus required to be precise, have fast cycle times, and have the capacity to lift heavy loads. This paper discusses the ways to improve automated processes by implementing linear jawed grippers as a replacement for the current parallelogram grippers. Using various tools for CAD, analysis and simulation, an optimized linear jawed gripper has been designed. In order to provide precision and speed, an innovative feedback system has also been discussed using a combination of tactile sensors and current sense feedback techniques. The technical overview of the gripper is clubbed under three broad topics – Design and Analysis, Control and Electronic Design, Comparative Analysis.

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