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Mechatronic grippers

Mechatronic grippers are masterpieces of technology and far more than just simple tools. They symbolize the impressive interplay of mechanics, electronics and integrated software and represent the progress achieved through the synergy of these three disciplines. Mechatronic grippers offer a number of advantages for the requirements of modern processes.

  • Flexibility: Variety of parts, adjustment options (positioning, stroke, force, modes), future-proof due to new software functions that can be added at a later date​
  • Connectivity: Added value through standardized interfaces (flexible and simple networking with all relevant robot and controller manufacturers)
  • Process transparency: For greater process stability and reliability due to integrated monitoring and analysis options
  • Independent of compressed air: For improved availability, cleanliness and sustainability even in mobile applications

Possible uses

Mechatronic grippers are suitable for both mass production and batch production. Grippers with a short stroke are ideal for efficient mass production, while flexible gripper systems can be dynamically adapted to the varying requirements of batch production. This certainly does not rule out the use of flexible grippers in mass production. Rather, their adaptability can be used to further optimize the manufacturing process.

Our range of mechatronic grippers currently comprises four product series that are optimally adapted for use in various application areas in terms of gripping force and stroke. ​

SCHUNK – Matrix gripping force stroke

They are used in a wide range of automated production processes, from machine loading and assembly to precision handling of a wide variety of workpieces.

For easy integration, the two new mechatronic grippers EGU and EGK are equipped with a variety of communication interfaces. This allows them to connect quickly and easily with all relevant robot and controller manufacturers.

Industrial Ethernet enables direct integration into the control environment of leading PLC manufacturers on the market – without additional gateways.​​

Grippers with Industrial Ethernet: EGU, EGK
Control via digital inputs and outputs is the simplest type of communication and enables a simple connection with limited functionality.​​

Gripper with digital I/O: EGP
IO-Link is independent and offers flexibility in connecting to other networks.​​

Grippers with IO-Link: EGP, EGU, EGK
With the Modbus RTU serial interface, the gripper can be connected to the tool flange of leading robot manufacturers without external cable routing.​​

Gripper with Modbus RTU: EGU, EGK

Digital tools and services

SCHUNK offers a wide range of digital tools and services for mechatronic grippers with the aim of providing the greatest possible support throughout the machine life cycle.​

SCHUNK – Life cycle model

Robot integration via plugins​

To integrate grippers in the robot systems, we make special software modules available for the control systems of leading robot manufacturers. These enable the full range of functions of our grippers without any additional programming necessary, meaning that application programming can begin immediately.

PLC integration via function blocks​

To simplify the integration of our grippers into PLC-controlled automation systems, we offer function blocks for the programming interfaces of leading PLC manufacturers. These modules enable direct use of all gripper functions without the need for additional programming. You can start programming applications immediately.

Commissioning app in the SCHUNK control center

The mechatronic grippers app simplifies commissioning, operation, diagnostics and service due to its extensive catalog of functions. Users can control the gripper directly and perform application validation without the need for a PLC. The functions include network configuration, firmware updates, parameter adjustments and backups as well as comprehensive diagnostic options.