An accurate force regulation mechanism for handling fragile objects using pneumatic grippers

Chih Chieh Chen, Chao Chieh Lan

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Abstract

Controlling the gripping force on objects has been a challenging task for industrial grippers. Its realization often requires an electric gripper with embedded force sensors and control feedback. This approach is costly and introduces extra complexity for grippers. To avoid damage while handling fragile objects, this paper presents a novel force regulation mechanism (FRM) to be installed on grippers. Without using additional sensors and control, the FRM can passively produce an adjustable contact force between the finger jaws and objects of variable sizes. Together with pneumatic grippers which are much less expensive, this approach offers a more attractive solution in terms of cost and complexity. In this paper, the design concept and simulation results are presented and discussed. A prototype of a gripper with the proposed FRM is illustrated to demonstrate the effectiveness and accuracy of force regulation. This novel mechanism is expected to serve as a reliable alternative for industrial object manipulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages389-394
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509020652
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 26
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2016 - Banff, Canada
Duration: 2016 Jul 122016 Jul 15

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2016-September

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2016
CountryCanada
CityBanff
Period16-07-1216-07-15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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