Piab continues to evolve its piCOBOT® units by adding this larger version. It was developed with the needs of customers in mind who work with small industrial robots and cobots, its high payload combined with a low building height enables maximum capacity usage.
It builds on the same technology platform as the original version, i.e., it consists of a vacuum pump unit and an optional gripper unit. The vacuum pump unit is scalable and can be equipped with a varying number of the newest powerful COAX® cartridge. Offering a significantly higher vacuum performance, it enables fast movement when lifting heavier items for high productivity in packaging and palletizing, part assembly or machine tending.
Its high vacuum flow further facilitates the deployment of large Kenos® foam grippers that can lift a broad variety of objects, from single large and heavy ones to a multitude of small ones simultaneously.
While the piCOBOT®L allows manual gripper changes and dissembling the tool from the pump unit, the requirement to speed up tool changes when needed, called for an automated process to ensure continuous operations, provide flexibility for deployment of one solution for many different tasks at lowest possible cost. Hence, the most important addition is its optional automatic tool changer combined with a docking station for further end-effectors. The automatic tool changer is equipped with a lever to lock or unlock the adapter plate of the end-effector. The lever can be opened and closed automatically by the docking station to remove a gripping unit from the cobot and pick-up and connect a different one without human interference being necessary. Alternatively, the gripper switch at the tool changer can also take place manually.