German Robotics

Collaborating robot in the form of a hand

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

Soft Hand is a congenial supplement for the Panda by Franka Emika that has force sensors in all seven joints. A handshake is very imitable to human hands.
Soft Hand is a congenial supplement for the Panda by Franka Emika that has force sensors in all seven joints. A handshake is very imitable to human hands. (Source: German Robotics)

"Soft Hand" is German Robotics collaborating robot, represented as an anatomically shaped hand.

With its "Soft Hand", German Robotics from Munich presents the first anatomically shaped hand for collaborating robots (cobots). With its 19 dislocatable, self-healing finger joints, Soft Hand replaces numerous individual grippers and is therefore predestined for complex handling tasks, the company says. The research variant of Soft Hand offers open interfaces including Matlab. The industrial design, on the other hand, has the protection class IP65 and easily exchangeable gloves.

The Soft Hand for research is intended for educational purposes, research institutes, laboratories and universities. Equipped with a stiff wrist, it is offered in several colours. Numerous software interfaces including Matlab-Simulink and a high-level C interface are also available to simplify integration with test programmes.

According to German Robotics, the industrial-grade variant is offered with flexible application options, which avoid tiresome gripper changes. With the thumb and a finger, Soft Hand can reliably hold objects weighing up to 600 g. With a fully utilised Soft Hand, the gripping weight increases to a maximum of two kg. Other features are its rotatable wrist and easily replaceable gloves. Its Protection class IP65 allows for Soft Hand to be used in damp, dusty and environments that are unpleasant for human beings. Soft Hand also fulfils numerous normative requirements, in terms of risk assessment, strength and force limitations.

Especially for highly sensitive robots, such as the Panda by Franka Emika, which has force sensors in all seven joints, Soft Hand is a congenial supplement. With its anatomical shape and 19 finger joints, Soft Hand can be used as a gripper for parts with complex geometries as well as for "shaking" electromechanical or large electronic components into place in electronics production.

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