piCOBOT® Electric breaks the barriers of cobot arm movement
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
by: Michael Tuohey

Section: Press Releases

Fully electric, slim design and absence of air-tubing and cabling. The new piCOBOT® Electric heads towards another success for Piab's piCOBOT® program. "This is the most versatile and energy efficient electric pump unit on the market for cobot applications", says Madeleine Sheikh, Global Product Manager at Piab Group.

It is an established fact that the piCOBOT® program has been a success ever since its original introduction in 2017. The groundbreaking first piCOBOT® model was in 2022 accompanied by the larger, even more powerful, piCOBOT® L model.

"Both air-driven models undoubtedly represent the top segment of that part of the cobot applications market. They are efficient, reliable and exceedingly versatile, especially combined with all their clever accessories”, says Madeleine Sheik, Global Product Manager at Piab Group.

Electricity instead of compressed air

As part of the company's ever-evolving product development, Piab's engineers last year focused on a version that would perform on the same level as its sibling piCOBOT®, but without the need for compressed air.

"We receive a lot of requests from companies that want to use cobots in work areas where no compressed-air infrastructure is present. Our new piCOBOT® Electric hits that target perfectly”, says Madeleine Sheikh.

But the developments do not end with electrification. During the pre-study, Madeleine and the R&D team compiled an agenda containing a number of tough prerequisites.

"First of all, it had to be small. Despite its advanced electric drive, we wanted direct mounting on the cobot arm. Secondly, it had to be energy efficient. The electric current provided by the cobot itself should be sufficient. And, yeah, we solved that", Madeleine Sheikh continues.

Free cobot arm movement

A secondary effect of these achievements is the absence of entangling air tubing and cabling. It simplifies the installation, and as the new piCOBOT® Electric only needs a single connection on the cobot arm, the clean set-up allows a completely unrestricted movement.

"With that last barrier eliminated, I'd say this is the most versatile and energy efficient electric pump unit on the market for cobot applications", Madeleine Sheikh concludes.

The new piCOBOT® Electric package will contain plug & play software to fit UR e-series cobots, but many other useful adaptations will be introduced the coming year. Follow the developments on piab.com.

About Piab
Piab is evolving automation through progressive gripping, lifting, and moving solutions. Since 1951, Piab has been serving industries like e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive, and more, improving energy-efficiency, productivity, and work environments. With a presence in more than 100 countries, Piab is a global organization dedicated to developing automation solutions that enhance the efficiency and quality of production processes.