This manipulator was developed for use in the Tire Manufacturing Industry.
When a tire manufacturer was struggling with an end effector on their tray handling robot, Applied Kinetics developed a new, reliable, end effector.
Applied Kinetics was called in to design a new retro-fit robotic end effector onto an existing tire manufacturing robot. The existing end-effector was not consistently gripping the tray, and was requiring too much maintenance. A re-designed unit was needed.
The new design was much more sophisticated, with precise control over the necessary degrees-of-freedom compliance, redundant vacuum cups, cup alignment rollers, and a much more robust structure. Pneumatic valves were mounted at the end-effector for quicker response time.