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What Is a Robotic Collet Gripper?

May 7, 2020by RAD0

A robotic collet gripper is a tool designed to attach to your robot to transport products in your automation line. With a robotic collet gripper, you can automate processes that include gripping parts that are identical in size.

The collet will open and extend to grab the item and then close and retract to move it. By automating your transport processes for items with a collet gripper, you can prevent damage to your materials and increase your manufacturing efficiency!

Benefits of Using a Robotic Collet Gripper

There are many benefits of using a robotic collet gripper for the proper applications. These grippers:

  • Work quickly. Since they have a high clamping force, collet grippers can rapidly perform their task, allowing you to increase productivity.

  • Center parts. Their centering capabilities allow you to use collet grippers for deburring or polishing parts for safety and efficiency.

  • Perform optimal gripping. Collet grippers use 360-degree contact on your item, which provides even pressure to prevent damage to even the most delicate parts.

  • Have a narrow profile. This allows the gripper to reach for items in constricted areas where materials may be crowded together.

  • Are adjustable. You’re able to pneumatically adjust the collet’s gripping force, which means you can adapt the gripper to function with different parts. They’re also flexible enough to give you hundreds of different sizes for different parts.

  • Maintain durability. Its aluminum casing keeps the tool light while the collets and brushings are made of durable steel.

Robotic collet grippers from RAD are also easy to change out, allowing you to quickly swap out a gripper for maintenance or repairs to keep your automation processes up and running.

Our collet grippers can also be repaired in the field to reduce downtime, and should you ever need a replacement part, we can usually ship items that same day to help you get your replacement component as soon as possible.

Are There Customizations for Collet Grippers for My Application?

You can easily customize collet grippers to suit your particular application. For example, for those who need collet grippers for harsh environments, we offer Viton seals, which help your gripper resist damage from corrosive fluids and high temperatures.

Other customizations include adapter plates for easy installation, collision sensors to protect your investment, and tool changers so that your robot can perform different operations without the need for you to manually swap out tools.

With customizations for your collet grippers, you can ensure your robot tooling is perfectly adapted to your environment for maximum performance.

When to Consider a Robotic Collet Gripper

Robotic collet grippers are excellent for a variety of applications. However, since they’re designed for parts with particular dimensions, these grippers are best used for:

  • Parts that are all the same size

  • Items that have tight tolerances

  • Parts with cylindrical surfaces

  • Holding items that need to be polished, grinded, or deburred

If you’re not sure whether or not a collet gripper would be the ideal fit for your particular application, our team at RAD can help you discover if these grippers are the best choice for you!

Discover More About Our Collet Grippers

For automation processes that need quick transport of uniform parts, collet grippers can deliver a variety of benefits. Discover more about what our collet grippers can do for you at RAD!



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