In the agri-food domain, fast and effective manipulation of very delicate products is a key issue that has not received much attention yet. In an upcoming webinar you will be informed about the design of flexible gripping of bio inspired soft materials. In the design it is necessary to consider natural variability in food product shape and size, and the challenges and possibilities for real-life applications in the agri-food market. Use cases are discussed from: modern manufacturing systems, health care and soft (cooperative) robots for agriculture in relation to the agri-food domain.
Soft gripping and bioinspired manipulation are ideal robotic solutions for pick-and-place applications in the food industry, but also in manufacturing and packaging. However, the use of grippers in the agri-food industry poses a number of challenges. Crops, vegetables or fruit all have different sizes, shapes, ripeness, colours, etc. Working conditions are harsh, contamination risks are high and the demand for extreme performance is evident (short cycle-times, extensive uptime, robustness, cleanability, fast changeovers and cost-price). These are all aspects that the gripper must be able to deal with.
The 4 Dutch Technical Universities take you through the trends, developments, challenges and applications of using flexible grippers for different products, shapes and materials based on nature!
The universities of technology in the Netherlands involved are – Delft University of Technology (TUD), the University of Twente (UT), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the University of Wageningen (WUR). All four have joined forces in the 4TU Federation. This federation maximizes innovation by combining and concentrating the strengths of all four universities in research, education and knowledge transfer.
The date this webinar will be held is 29 September, 2020 at 14:30 - 16:15 CEST. You can attend this free webinar by registering via this link.