On Robot to announce expansion into US market at Automate 2017

  • March 24, 2017
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On Robot to announce expansion into US market at Automate 2017
On Robot to announce expansion into US market at Automate 2017

March 24, 2017— On Robot, the Danish manufacturer of  grippers for collaborative robots, is bringing its technology to North America to provide manufacturers with more grippers for collaborative robots (cobots). Officially launching to the North American market at Automate 2017 in April, On Robot’s two-finger RG2 grippers—available in both single and dual versions— mount  on the arms of cobots without any external wires; for robots that have infinite rotation of the last joint. The RG2 grippers can be programmed directly from the same interface as the robot, and the gripper can be modified without previous programming experience, making them ideal for collaborative robot users.

On Robot is a result of the Odense, Denmark robotics cluster, with technology developed by founders Bilge Jacob Christiansen, formerly with cobot leader Universal Robots, and Ebbe Overgaard Fuglsang. Investors behind the company include Thomas Visti, previously with Universal Robots and now CEO of Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), Enrico Krog Iversen, previous CEO of Universal Robots, and the Danish Growth Fund.

Unique features of the RG2 gripper ideally meet the needs of cobot users and include:

  • Angle mounting: From 0° to 180° in 30° steps, in both the single- and dual-gripper setup, the gripper ensures great flexibility and adaptability for comprehensive tasks.
  • Customizable fingertips: The gripper fingers support the use of customized fingertips, which can be designed by end users to fit production requirements.
  • Assisted center-of-gravity calculation: Users enter the value of the payload and the robot calculates the rest, making programming easier, enhancing overall productivity and improving safety by enabling more accurate robot arm movements.
  • Continuous grip indication: The gripper can discern any lost or deliberately removed object.
  • Automatic Tool Center Point (TCP) calculation: Automatic calculation of how the robot arm moves around the calculated TCP of an object, depending on the position in which the gripper is mounted, for easier programming and use.

The RG2 collaborative grippers are currently used in more than 40 countries, with strong demand from North American companies looking for grippers that offer additional capabilities. Collaborative robots are the fastest-growing segment in robotics, but new applications require grippers that meet users’ expectations for affordability and ease of use.   

On Robot will be exhibiting at Automate 2017, booth # 469, where founder Bilge Christiansen will join CEO Torben Ekvall and General Manager Gary Eliasson to promote the RG2 grippers to this new market.


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