In order for systems operators to use their lightweight robots in a safe, economical and reliable way, the grippers must meet certain requirements. Cobots can weigh between 3 and 25 kilograms, depending on type. “In order to achieve maximum lift capacity, the gripper must be as light as possible,” explains Dr. Kurt Schmalz. Round shapes and design that complies with ISO TS 15066 – a standard that regulates work between human beings and collaborative industrial robots – reduce potential sources of injury during use. Moreover, it must be possible to quickly and simply integrate the gripping systems and allow for continuous condition monitoring. J. Schmalz GmbH considers these characteristics – communicative, flexible, intuitive in terms of configuration, and available at short notice – during the development phase of its vacuum components for lightweight robots.