Meet the New VGC10 – Compact, Customizable Electric Vacuum Gripper from OnRobot

VGC10

We love hearing from customers and partners about how they’re using our products—and what they want next. Our new VGC10 compact, customizable electric vacuum gripper came directly from some of those conversations.

 

Global product manager Ákos Dömötör answers a few questions about how the VGC10 came about, and how it will change the way you look at vacuum grippers.

 

Q: What prompted the development of the VGC10?

Ákos: We heard that customers loved the VG10 electric vacuum gripper because it’s so easy to use. But that made them want to use it in more—and more innovative—applications. They wanted to be able to customize it to grip different kinds of objects, even multi-dimensional objects, and in different kinds of applications. One important element was to provide a smaller option that could reach easily inside a box or bin, for instance, without bumping into it. A more compact version is also a plus for handling smaller parts, but customers still wanted power for heavier parts, even with a compact gripper.

 

Beyond that, people wanted to be able to easily customize the gripper. Our customers come up with amazing ways they’re implementing collaborative automation, and they want more abilities to adapt to those needs with their gripper. We want to help customers be able to focus on their application, not the complexities of the robot, so taking that approach was an ideal fit for us. We allow customization without requiring customers to solve the difficult technical challenges of designing a vacuum gripper.

 

 

Q: What can customers do now that they couldn’t do before?

Ákos: With the VGC10, customers can do almost anything they want. Because the gripper is smaller and lighter, it can reach places that larger grippers can’t. The VGC10 is half the weight of the VG10, but it has the same powerful vacuum, with a payload up to 15kg.

 

And customization is truly almost limitless.

 

Companies with unusual-shaped or multi-dimensional parts can easily create a customized gripper that will fit the product better than any standard gripper. The VGC10 gripper comes with a couple of suction cups and extenders for a range of options, and customers can change those out as needed, such as replacing suction cups for specific materials.

 

But that’s just the start.

 

VGC10 Customization
VGC10 offers a range of suction cup options

 

Q: What other customization is possible?

We let customers download a CAD drawing of the adapter plate so they can easily modify it and create their own adapter plate; then they can create extenders and arms to exactly meet their needs.

 

If a customer needs to reliably lift a large, heavy sheet of glass or metal, for example, they can create arms wide enough to reach the edges so the sheet won’t peel off the gripper. Like the VG10, the VGC10 has two independently controlled air channels that allow it to act as a dual gripper with pick-up and release in the same action, which can dramatically reduce cycle time and increase productivity. Or the gripper can be used with a single air channel for higher gripping performance.

 

The VGC10 also makes the middle channel available for an extender, so that it can reach into even small, narrow containers without hitting the sides of the container.

 

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Customers can create adapter plates and arms to meet their specific application needs

 

Q: What kind of application is the VGC10 ideal for?

 

It’s really only limited by customers’ imagination, but we certainly expect it to have tremendous use in packaging applications. Its compact size and configurability mean it can easily maneuver parts in and out of almost any type or size of container. Customers will also see that even though the VGC10 is smaller, its powerful grip and customizable extensions make it ideal for picking and placing larger parts as well. We’re looking forward to hearing their success stories!

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This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

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  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

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Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

Rights                                                                      

OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.


 

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