Robotic Arm/ Grippers
The vacuum gripper has been the standard in manufacturing because of its high level of flexibility. This type of robot gripper uses a rubber or polyurethane suction cup to pick up items. Some vacuum grippers use a closed-cell foam rubber layer, rather than suction cups, to complete the application.
The pneumatic gripper is popular due to its compact size and light weight. It can easily be incorporated into tight spaces, which can be helpful in the manufacturing industry. Pneumatic robot grippers can either be opened or closed, earning them the nickname “bang bang” actuators, because of the noise created when the metal-on-metal gripper operates.