BarrettHand Grasper: Programmably Flexible Part Handling and Assembly

  • William T. TownsendEmail author
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This paper details the design and operation of the BarrettHand TM BH8–282, an intelligent, highly flexible eight-axis gripper that reconfigures itself in real time to conform securely to a wide variety of part shapes without tool-change interruptions. The grasper brings value to automation because it: reduces the required number and size of robotic workcells while boosting throughput; consolidates the hodgepodge proliferation of customized gripper-jaw shapes onto a common programmable platform; and enables incremental process improvement and accommodates frequent new-product introductions, capabilities deployed instantly via software across international networks of factories.

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© Springer Nature B.V. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Robot Arms and HandsBarrett TechnologyNewtonUSA

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