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Posted on : Thursday 31st January 2019 02:13 PM

OnRobot’s NASA Technology-based Gecko Gripper Named Finalist in in the 2019 Edison Awards

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DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 28, 2019 - OnRobot, a global leader in end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, announced today its Gecko Gripper has been named a finalist in the Applied Technology's Robotics category in the 2019 Edison Awards. The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, recognizes and honors the world's best in innovators and innovations. The Awards will announce gold, silver and bronze award winners at the Edison Awards Gala held Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York City.

OnRobot provides hardware and software that is used with collaborative robots - or cobots - from a variety of robot manufacturers, such as Universal Robots, KUKA, FANUC and Yaskawa. Recently, OnRobot revealed basic availability of its Gecko Gripper. Using millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that adhere to a surface with powerful van der Waals forces, the Gecko Gripper is modeled after the way that geckos climb. Its technology started as a research project at Stanford University and moved on to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where the design was used for salvaging and fixing satellites such as solar panels, given the Gecko Gripper's distinctive potential to operate in a vacuum. Today, the Gecko Gripper lets robot arms pick up flat, smooth objects with significant energy savings over vacuum grippers, which demand condensed air that is costly, power-intensive, and bulky.

All award nominations were discussed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel. The judging panel was made up of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

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