Piab, Hingham, Mass., introduced the Kenos KCS gripper, which enables a collaborative robot (cobot) that can handle just about anything, anywhere, at any time. This makes it the ideal ”co-working” tool, especially for small businesses, where flexibility is essential.

Originally developed with a leading cobot manufacturer as a tailor-made automation tool for one customer, the Kenos KCS gripper combines Piab's proprietary air-driven COAX technology for highly efficient vacuum ejection with an easily replaceable technical foam that molds itself around any surface or shape. That’s why the Kenos KCS gripper can be used to safely grip, lift and handle any object.

Standard interface (ISO) adapters enable the whole unit to be attached to any cobot type on the market, and with a body made in a lightweight 3D printed material, it can be easily moved to perform different jobs in different parts of a production site, warehouse or other setting.

A quick-change system allows the same unit to be fitted with a special gripper for plastic bags. A simple twist and a secure locking mechanism enables the Kenos KCS gripper to be configured and ready for new tasks within seconds.