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Festo Demonstrates Automated Gripping System That Teaches itself

Festo Demonstrates Automated Gripping System That Teaches itself

July 16, 2013 - Festo recently demonstrated the LearningGripper, a pneumatically actuated gripper that self learns the shape of an object and then specifically orients that object. The LearningGripper is a demonstration of a future generation of robots, machines, and processes that are more flexible than any of the production systems available today – ones that are faster and easier to set up.

The demonstration involved the LearningGripper teaching itself to handle a small ball and then orienting the Festo logo on the ball in a specific direction. “Today an enormous amount of time and energy goes into programming machines to handle a range of products,” said Richard Huss, Festo president and CEO. “Setup and programing are major manufacturing cost components for machine builders. This LearningGripper demonstration is a forerunner of a time where these programming costs – setup and maintenance – will be diminished. These new generation machines will self-optimize their own performance.”

The LearningGripper is a four-fingered gripper that looks like an abstract form of the human hand. The four fingers of the gripper are actuated pneumatically by 12 bellows actuators with low-level pressurization. Learning algorithms take the place of highly complex programming. The LearningGripper picks up motion sequences through learning by reinforcement.

About Festo    
Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.

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