Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the manufacturing sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising robotic gripping solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Robotic Gripping Solutions
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at robotic gripping solutions. For this research, we identified 198 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing robotic gripping solutions for manufacturing. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 198 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Rochu – Flexible Grippers
In its early days, automation was primarily aimed at improving the productivity of a manufacturing line by being able to keep the production cycle running at all times. Now, automation is widespread across industries. The spread of automation has enabled a shift in focus to value quality as much as quantity. As a result, soft robotics developers, who specialize in flexible robotic grippers for a range of sensitive production lines, find numerous applications in manufacturing.
Chinese startup Rochu provides a range of soft robotic grippers. The startup utilizes advanced nanomaterials and advanced control units to make their grippers a suitable solution for multiple industries, such as food, electronics, textiles, etc. The grippers assist in tasks that require careful handling of the products on a production line.
Ubiros – Soft Grippers
Many industries are hesitant to use automation in their production processes due to the delicate and fragile nature of their products. Besides, automation in a production environment is usually associated with automotive or manufacturing commodities. However, soft robotic developers create grippers that are designed to handle delicate or fragile products.
Ubiros is a US-based startup that manufactures soft grippers. These grippers work in conjunction with electric motors to handle delicate objects with care for pick-and-place production facilities. The soft grippers find applications in food handling, where the grip strength of robots and product safety are crucial factors.
Most Cardio – Medical End Effectors
In recent years, robotics has seen a sharp rise in the medical industry. Surgery is a highly sophisticated task that requires remarkably high precision. Robotic end effectors represent a vital contact point between a robot and a person in robot-assisted surgery. The medical end effectors must be advanced enough to perform the procedure. Furthermore, replacing them after the operation is still a challenge.
The US-based startup Most Cardio develops a proprietary platform with disposable medical end effectors. The company’s solution assists in minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures to reduces trauma, ultimately improving the recovery rate of patients. These end effectors are designed to replace current cardiovascular procedures while maintaining the same level of medical proficiency.
RGS Automation – Magnetic Grippers
In modern automotive production lines, there are many different small components with each having their own shape and design. This presents a problem for robotic pick-and-place processes. A soft robotic hand struggles with different shapes and a vacuum hand does not work with shapes with holes. Magnetic grippers address these challenges as they use a magnetic field to pick.
RGS Automation is a Spanish startup that provides robotic grippers, notably, magnetic grippers. The startup’s primary expertise lies in the design and development of advanced and customizable gripper products. RGS Automation’s product range also extends to tool changers for the end efforts of collaborative robots.
Nordbo-Robotics – Force Torque Sensors
Sensors play an important role in industrial robotic grippers as they allow the robot to sense its environment and act accordingly. The assembly line of delicate items requires constant care in material or product handling to prevent any bruises, scratches, or damages to the product. Thus, one of the most vital sensor functions for a gripper robot is to perceive the exact amount of force used and adjust it if needed.
Danish startup Nordbo Robotics offers assembly-line robotic solutions for a variety of applications, such as grinding, palletizing, polishing, and deburring. Other than complete robotic solutions, they also offer force-torque sensors for industrial robots or cobots. The sensors possess high accuracy while maintaining a compact form factor.
What About The Other 193 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 robotic gripping solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 198 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.