Understanding the Different Applications for and Features of Robotic Grippers

June 22, 2020by RAD0

When choosing a robotic gripper for your automation needs, your best choice all depends on your application. There are a range of End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) devices that may work for your process, but that doesn’t mean that every tool will be the most advantageous.

At RAD, our complete line of grippers covers all your automation specifications. No matter what your needs are, we have the make and model to meet them with our industry-leading products. All of our grippers are designed with maximum durability to last.

We offer 2-jaw, 3-jaw, and collet robotic grippers for your applications. But what are the different uses for these grippers and their particular features?

2-Jaw Grippers: Best for Consistent Processes 

2 Jaw GripperExcellent for items with flat surfaces, 2-jaw grippers are an affordable, dependable choice that work with a wide range of applications. Our 2-jaw parallel grippers are incredibly versatile and we have models designed for use in dirty or harsh environments.

With two points providing even pressure on the item for increased stability, 2-jaw grippers are best for parts that are all similarly sized. However, 2-jaw grippers may not be your ideal choice for fragile items.

With adapter plates for easy installation, 2-jaw grippers can be customized for your manufacturing process, whether you need to grip items from the side or top.

3-Jaw Grippers: For Larger or Irregular Parts

3 Jaw GripperDesigned to carry larger objects than 2-jaw grippers, 3-jaw grippers do well with irregularly-shaped parts, as the three points that touch the part self-adjust to the shape. It’s important to know that 3-jaw grippers can only grip parts axially, and they put even pressure on each point for increased stability.

With better centering and a secure grip, 3-jaw grippers provide accurate performance and can be great options for cylindrical or even surfaces. Like 2-jaw grippers, be cautious when choosing these for delicate parts.

All of our 3-jaw grippers at RAD work well in harsh environments and are one of our most popular designs for a variety of automation processes!

Collet Grippers: Best for Delicate or Similarly-Sized Parts

GripperCollet grippers deliver high-speed performance for parts of consistent shape and size. Providing 360 contact with even pressure, these robotic grippers are an excellent choice for delicate parts.

Adjustable to fit different-sized parts for various applications, collet grippers provide flexibility, but are ideal for parts that have tight tolerances. Easy to change out for maintenance and even field reparable, collet grippers can help reduce downtime.

With their centering capabilities, collet grippers are also an excellent EOAT device for deburring parts or polishing parts. Collet grippers can also work well with cylindrical parts, just as long as part shape and size are consistent.

Why RAD?

At RAD, our robotic grippers are designed to outperform and outlast. You won’t have to change your gripper for many years, even if it’s operating in a challenging environment.

We have a model to fit your specific automation process, and we never receive returns or complaints because our products deliver maximum performance and longevity. We also offer a two-day lead time on orders, which you won’t find anywhere else.

Looking for the right robotic gripper for your applications? We can help you select the right tool for years of reliable performance in your automation lineup at RAD!

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