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Reconfigurable hybrid robotic gripper for different grasp postures for use in agrofood industry

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOSG20210125003
Publicado:
02/02/2021
Caducidad:
03/02/2022
Resumen:
A Singapore institute of higher learning has developed a reconfigurable hybrid robotic gripper, which resolves the limitations of currently available grippers with an adjustable base that is able to produce different grasp postures in the food industry processing or packaging lines. The technology provider is interested in licensing or commercial partnerships with technical assistance with food manufacturers MNE/SME of all sizes.

Details

Tittle:
Reconfigurable hybrid robotic gripper for different grasp postures for use in agrofood industry
Summary:
A Singapore institute of higher learning has developed a reconfigurable hybrid robotic gripper, which resolves the limitations of currently available grippers with an adjustable base that is able to produce different grasp postures in the food industry processing or packaging lines. The technology provider is interested in licensing or commercial partnerships with technical assistance with food manufacturers MNE/SME of all sizes.
Description:
The reconfigurable hybrid robotics handler has a grasping configuration which can be adjusted based on the shape and size of food items, therefore making it a one-size-fits-all gripper for processing and packaging line in the food manufacturing industry. It allows the gripper to grasp large items (such as large biscuit box) as well as small items (such as a small piece of chocolate).

The technology comprises a base having a gripper system with the gripper system comprising one or more finger modules.

Each finger module has a finger actuation control system, whereby the finger actuation control system comprises of a pneumatic solenoid valve and a pneumatic pressure sensor. The finger actuation control system is covered by soft material sleeve. One or more finger components have programmable rigidity while maintaining great adaptability and flexibility for delicate object manipulation.

Each finger component comprises of an actuator and skeleton with one more ball joints. The ball joints having a stiffness which is adjustable by varying pneumatic air pressure supplied to the balloon actuators in the joint and also has a bending actuator to evaluate its gripping performance.
Advantages and Innovations:
The invention solves two key problems:

1. Its variable grasping modes allows programmable grasping configurations to pick up items of various shapes and sizes. This feature is important for industries requiring delicate manipulation of irregular items, such as food packaging line, whereby various food items are assembled in a bento meal set. An individual customised mounting base is not required to handle any particular item.

2. Programmable rigidity of finger segments allows the gripper to manipulate items more effectively, allowing firmer grip for high-speed pick-and-place. As mentioned previously, a certain degree of rigidity is required for the soft fingers to reach within a cluttered pile of items and effectively grasp targeted items.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The Singapore institute of higher learning is interested in the following types of partnerships with MNEs or SMEs of all sizes:

i) Licensing agreement - The partner could license the technology for further development and introduce it to its customers.

ii) Commercial agreement with technical assistance - The partner could utilise the technology with technical support from the technology provider.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
08001003 Empaquetado / manipulación de alimentos
02005003 Empaquetado de maquinaria
02003001 Process automation