An Excellent Alternative to Repetitive Human Labor

Lacquey Robotic Grasping Solutions deliver robot grippers which are an excellent alternative to repetitive (and expensive) human labor in various applications. Lacquey began developing the ‘careful robotic hand’ in TU Delft in 2010.

Food Technology Noord-Oost Nederland BV (FTNON) purchases majority share in Lacquey BV, hereby assuring the Delft robot manufacturer’s international ambition. For FTNON, the strategic takeover means an investment in know-how in the field of robot technology in the food industry. The other shares remain in the hands of the founding members.

FTNON is a global producer of machines for the food industry. Lacquey develops robotic hands that are able to cope with product variations and which have an extremely careful grip – two factors that are essential in the fresh food industry. “Lacquey’s technology brings innovation to the food industry. Where once only human hands could be used, the ‘careful robotic hands’ can now offer support in primary manual food processes. As a result, the food sector is actually getting more intelligent jobs”, says Wilco Fauth, Director of FTNON.

Excellent Alternative to Repetitive Human Labor. All of the robot grippers developed by Lacquey use their patented underactuation technology. This allows for the product (even the oddly shapes ones) to determine the position of the fingers without the use of any sensors.The torque of just one DC motor is being equally distributed over the contact surfaces to ensure a delicate grip without damaging the object. A universal controlbox is supplied with each gripper to regulate the gripforce and/or closing speed.  Only high quality (foodgrade) parts and materials are being used in the Lacquey Robotic grippers allowing an operational lifetime of at least 5 million cycles. The contact surfaces have been treated with a special foodgrade coating for easy cleaning. All of the robot grippers developed by Lacquey use their patented underactuation technology. This allows for the product (even the oddly shapes ones) to determine the position of the fingers without the use of any sensors.The torque of just one DC motor is being equally distributed over the contact surfaces to ensure a delicate grip without damaging the object. A universal controlbox is supplied with each gripper to regulate the gripforce and/or closing speed.  Only high quality (foodgrade) parts and materials are being used in the Lacquey Robotic grippers allowing an operational lifetime of at least 5 million cycles. The contact surfaces have been treated with a special foodgrade coating for easy cleaning.

All of the robot grippers developed by Lacquey use their patented underactuation technology. This allows for the product (even the oddly shapes ones) to determine the position of the fingers without the use of any sensors.The torque of just one DC motor is being equally distributed over the contact surfaces to ensure a delicate grip without damaging the object. A universal controlbox is supplied with each gripper to regulate the gripforce and/or closing speed.

Only high quality (foodgrade) parts and materials are being used in the Lacquey Robotic grippers allowing an operational lifetime of at least 5 million cycles. The contact surfaces have been treated with a special foodgrade coating for easy cleaning.

Robotic systems are exceptionally good at carrying out actions with a high repeat factor virtually without error, although complex processes do still require the human factor. “Robotic hands support people in their work. By using robots, businesses can produce net more per person, per hour, and thereby realise productivity growth”, say Van der Linde. The robots are initially being deployed with Dutch producers, and it is expected that export of this technology will follow soon.

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