What is the difference between drives and grippers?
A gripper is a component that allows the holding of an object to be manipulated. This device enables holding, handling, tightening and releasing of objects in automated systems. Grippers can be attached to a robot or parts of a fixed automation system.
A drive is a device used to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. Essentially, a drive harnesses and controls the electrical energy sent to a motor. The drive can indirectly control a motor's speed and torque by feeding the electricity to the motor in varying amounts and frequencies. Together a motor and drive make up the "drive system".
Applications of drives & grippers
Uses of grippers:
Machine tending tasks
Drives are used in:
Machine tool drives
Cranes & hoist motors
Lathes, milling & grinding machines
Punches, presses & shears
Refrigeration & air conditioning
Types of drives and grippers
There are different types of drives and grippers in the market, including: