Towards a universal gripper - On the use of suction in the context of the Amazon Robotic Challenge

Timothy McCulloch, Damith Herath

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Abstract

In this paper we empirically explore the use of suction as a potential universal gripping mechanism. The context is provided by the Amazon Robotic Challenge (formerly Amazon Picking Challenge) -an international robotic competition hosted by Amazon with the intended purpose of advancing warehouse robotics. While highlighting some common misconceptions, we present practical and theoretical elements that are important in applying suction in the said context. The paper is structured in a tutorial format enabling the reader to appreciate and implement suction based gripping mechanisms in the wild. Numerous test examples are presented from the Amazon Robotic Challenge with high ow, high pressure and hybrid suction methods. A practical equipment selection guide is also included at the end to complement the tutorial value.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2016, ACRA 2016
PublisherAustralasian Robotics and Automation Association
Pages153-160
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781634396080
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016
EventAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2016, ACRA 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2016, ACRA 2016
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period5/12/167/12/16

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McCulloch, T., & Herath, D. (2016). Towards a universal gripper - On the use of suction in the context of the Amazon Robotic Challenge. In Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2016, ACRA 2016 (pp. 153-160). Australasian Robotics and Automation Association.