Soft Robotics technology invented the mGrip as an adaptable robotic gripper made of soft components to handle a variety of seafood in different shapes, sizes and weights. This enables seafood handling at high speed without compromising quality and accuracy. The video showcases the gripper packaging amorphous and delicate products such as crab legs, fish sticks, mackerel, salmon fillet, lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes, and breaded fish fillets.
Seafood processors are turning to full robotic automation due to the lack of quality manual labor and harsh work environment in the seafood industry. Full automation can also help companies in reducing labor costs while enabling increased productivity and flexible manufacturing.
The grippers are programmed to have a right end-of-arm tool (EOAT) that allows it to transport the goods in a pick and place system. Its appearance is a claw-like mechanism with adjustable fingers that are versatile and adaptable. Real time adjustment is possible through mGrip spacers to adjust gripper spacing.
The mGrip has a modular system and fits together like legos for easy and quick deployment. The ingress protected grippers run on a pneumatic system that secures the internal places. This ensures food safety and sanitation which is of high importance in the food industry and meets all the FDA requirements.