Piab, Hingham, Mass., introduced piSOFTGRIP, a new soft gripping tool developed to grip sensitive and lightweight objects of odd geometries and/or an unusual surface.

piSOFTGRIP features three gripping fingers and a vacuum cavity, all in one piece, and the vacuum-driven gripping force is easily adjusted and controlled by the applied vacuum level.

The soft gripper can grip objects with a diameter of up to 50 mm. An optional stainless-steel fitting offers washdown provision.

Plus, its intuitive and user-friendly design makes piSOFTGRIP easy to integrate into automated procedures.

Made in detectable silicone approved for direct contact with food, in accordance with FDA 21 CFR and EU 1935/2004 regulations, the piSOFTGRIP vacuum gripper enables unpackaged, fresh and delicate food items to be handled without risk of being spoiled due to crushing.

The silicone-made piSOFTGRIP vacuum gripper is also a lightweight automation tool, and when combined with Piab’s piCOBOT, the piSOFTGRIP offers a flexible “plug-and-play” extension for collaborative robots.