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qb SoftClaw and UR+

qb SoftClaw and UR+

qb SoftClaw and UR+: nothing else matters!

qb SoftClaw: the new end effector developed by qbrobotics for the UR+ ecosystem. The driving force behind the qb SoftClaw is the patented VSA (Variable Stiffness Actuator) technology that it makes the device capable of adapting the grasping force to the object. Now this is perfectly integrated into the URCaps. Connect qb SoftClaw, switch on your UR, select soft, medium or hard and discover a new and innovative way of working.

We took a step backwards to explain the future to you.

We took a step backwards to explain the future to you.

qbrobotics has again used the Mechalogic to create a unique gripper. It seems like a traditional claw but smarter and with the ability to adapt to whatever object it is gripping. A secure and precise grip capable of lifting an iron ball without dropping it or a cream puffs without ruining it, you’ll only need to “tell her” to be strong or soft. Say bye to the long strings of programming, just three words: Soft, Medium, Strong.

qb SoftClaw is a compact, light and versatile Variable Stiffness gripper.

The core of this gripper is the qbmove Advanced, which is an excellent development platform already equipped with motors, electronics and elastic system. On the rear side there's a mechanical interface compliant to ISO9409-1 and a standard electronic connector to interface with any robotic arm. The mobile finger is driven by the actuator's shaft, so it can perform a soft movement to grasp objects avoiding damages on critical parts, or a steady grasp by increasing the stiffness; instead, the fixed finger is directly connected to the frame. The gripper is used by deflection control between the equilibrium position and the output shaft. Thanks to this control, objects of different dimension can be grasped giving the same closure reference (e.g. fully closed) and with the same stiffness for every positions.

Conventional grippers are equipped with a rigid mechanical actuation and can grasp more or less fragile objects only through direct controls on the applied force, therefore using force sensors, or indirect control through the absorbed current. Both of these approaches require specific algorithms and dedicated sensors, which involve limits on the dynamic response times, greater quantity of signals to be managed, higher hardware and software costs. Vice versa, the qb SoftClaw is able to grasp objects of the most disparate nature, exploiting the intrinsic mechanical intelligence of its variable stiffness system, without the use of any type of sensors on the contact surfaces or specific algorithms on the absorbed current by the motors. These aspects make it a versatile, light, economical and very easy to use device. Figure 1 shows the same grasp with different deflection preset. 

Figure 1: Grasp of two different objects by the same closure reference and different deflection preset. Thanks to the deflection control it can easy grasp a fragile object without damage, or a heavy weight.

The gripper offers many development possibilities of geometry and interfaces of fingers; in particular, you can quick change the magnetic finger-pads provided in different shapes that you can also customize.

re-opening – update on qbrobotics operations

re-opening – update on qbrobotics operations

qbrobotics informs that all offices and the production department are open and operative in compliance with the re-opening phase #Fase2 outlined by the Italian Government.

To contact us check the dedicated page on the website: CONTACT US

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COVID-19 – update on qbrobotics operations

COVID-19 – update on qbrobotics operations

qbrobotics informs that all company activities will remain operational and activated in smart working mode with the exception of production activities which, in compliance with the DPCM of March 22th 2020, will remain suspended until April 3rd 2020.

For updates, please visit the NEWS section of our website and our social channels.

qbrobotics nominated for the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award

qbrobotics nominated for the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award

qbrobotics has been nominated for the prestigious euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2020 for the project " The qb SoftHand Industry: A Collaborative Robotic Hand for industrial applications".

The aim of the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award is to showcase the impact of robotics research and to raise the profile of technology transfer between science and industry. 

The project presented by qbrobotics is based on the technology transfer realized starting from the Pisa/IIT SoftHand prototype to produce and commercialize the qb SoftHand for industrial applications.

The presentations for the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2020 will take place at ERF2020 in Malaga in a dedicated session on March 3rd and the Awards Ceremony will be handed on March 4th, during the Banquet Dinner at the Museo Automovilístico de Málaga.

Pisa Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award

Pisa Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award

qbrobotics has been awarded by the Pisa Chamber of Commerce with the "Innovation Award 2019", recognition reserved for local businesses that have innovated processes, products or new business formulas. The awarded project is the one that led to the development of the collaborative robotic hand “qb SoftHand Industry”.

The selection was made by a technical committee, composed by the president of the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the academic world, the economy and innovation experts and led to the recognition of the activity that qbrobotics has carried out in recent years. The contribution provided by the company to the development of the territory is based on highly innovative processes, necessary to compete on increasingly globalized markets and ensure business success.

The reasons that led to the recognition were read during the award ceremony held on January 31, 2020 at the Pisa Chamber of Commerce by the President Dr. Tamburini and the General Manager Dr. Martelli:

"The company was awarded for developing and marketing the "qb SoftHand" product line, transforming its business model from a research and development company to a production company. The qs SoftHand products, derived from the study of the principles of human motor control, tend to replicate the movement of the human hand thanks to a tendon system operated by a single motor. The robotic hands of QB are used in various sectors, from applications in "Industry 4.0" production to use in the areas of scientific research and the educational sector "

Christmas and New Year closing

Christmas and New Year closing

We kindly inform our partners and friends that our office will close from December 21st 2019 to January 6th 2020 due to Christmas and New Year holidays.

qbrobotics HQ will reopen on January 7th 2020!

qb SoftHand Industry is now UR+ Certified!

qb SoftHand Industry is now UR+ Certified!

The new robotic hand made by qbrobotics has obtained the UR + Certification from the Danish company Universal Robots (https://www.universal-robots.com/)

UR is the market leader in the production of collaborative robots (cobots) and has launched a platform to promote hardware and software solutions compatible with UR robots: the UR + ecosystem is made up of products that offer plug&play implementation and programming.

qb SoftHand Industry is the first anthropomorphic robotic hand designed specifically for industrial applications and tasks to be UR + certified and able to offer a plug-and-play robot-gripper integration due to its ease of use and control.

Thanks to this new goal, we get the opprotunity to strengthen qbrobotics and Universal Robots collaboration. This began in 2017 when qb Softhand Research became part of the UR + ecosystem and continued in 2018 when the Danish company chose qbrobotics products for the realization of some demo to launch the new version of the cobot UR e-series.

I-RIM, Italy’s Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines just launched

I-RIM, Italy’s Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines just launched

The National Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, abbreviated I-RIM ( http://i-rim.it/en/ ), is a non-profit organization, established as an Association. The I-RIM purpose is to promote the development and practice of Robotics and Intelligent Machines technologies to improve citizens quality of life and well-being and enhance society conditions, through the development of new solutions for helping people, improving working conditions, transferring applications and economic enhancement of research, production improvement and its sustainability. I-RIM is an institute created to offer a national organizational reference for its members and stakeholders, and to interact with public institutions on the topics of Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

I-RIM will be introduced to the public at a major three-day event to be held in pavilions 9 and 10 of the Fiera di Roma, from 18 to 20 October 2019. The calendar is full of meetings for I-RIM members, but the events are open to all interested parties. The Three Days event is held jointly with Maker Faire - The European Edition 2019, the technological event attracting tens of thousands of fans of technology. The Three Days event and Maker Faire will be held in parallel at the Fiera di Roma. The events will include the first year of the Italian Conference of Robotics and Intelligent Machines, dedicated to fostering excellence in Italian research, to inform product and application developers about the possibilities offered by the latest results.

qb SoftHand showed at Japan Robot Week 2018

qb SoftHand showed at Japan Robot Week 2018

The Robotic Hand qb SoftHand Research presented at the Japan Robot Week with our partner Nihon Binary. You can see our device at the Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall - October 17th-19th 2018.
qb SoftHand on a Spanish TV advertising by GAS NATURAL/NATURGY

qb SoftHand on a Spanish TV advertising by GAS NATURAL/NATURGY

qb SoftHand acting as a chef together with the UR3, for a Spanish TV advertising created by the company Gas Natural / NATURGY.  

qbrobotics attending AUTOMATICA 2018, June 19-22 – Munich

qbrobotics attending AUTOMATICA 2018, June 19-22 – Munich

qbrobotics will attend AUTOMATICA 2018 Munich – the leading exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics – presenting the two main innovations of 2018: the robotic hand dedicated to the industrial world - qb SoftHand Industry and the humanoid robot EGO. Where you can find us: qbrobotics booth Hall B4 - Stand 509, Universal Robots A/S booth Hall B4 - Stand 303, Service Robotics Demopark Hall B4 - Stand 421.   We will wait for you from 19th to 22nd June 2018!
qb SoftHand Research at Technology Hub 2018

qb SoftHand Research at Technology Hub 2018

The robotic hand qb SoftHand Research will be presented as UR+ solution during the event Technology Hub (Milan, Italy 17-19 May 2018). You can shake the Hand at Universal Robots stand C36.
qb SoftHand Research is now UR+Certified

qb SoftHand Research is now UR+Certified

The robotic hand by qbrobotics - qb SoftHand Research - is now UR+ Certified by Universal Robots, the Danish company leader in the production of collaborative robots - cobots.
KUKA Innovation Award 2018

KUKA Innovation Award 2018

Team CoAware from the IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia wins Innovation Award 2018!
The team demonstrated how motion and ergonomics can be monitored and optimized in real time through a dynamic model - based on a KUKA LBR iiwa and proprietary software. Thanks to the use of the qb SoftHand, the lightweight independently gripped for objects such as a metallic cylinder and led it to a worker who could then handle the workpiece ergonomically using a polishing machine.

Winners of Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition @IROS2016

Winners of Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition @IROS2016

The QB - UNIPI - IIT Team earned the top award at this year’s Robotic grasping and Manipulation Competition, that took place in Daejeon, Korea during the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). The team was asked to control their robotic hand through two different tracks, respectively Hand-in-hand grasping and Fully autonomous: each track consisted in different tasks that had to be completed in a limited time frame.
Cybathlon competition news

Cybathlon competition news

The Cybathlon is the brainchild of ETH Zurich and NCCR Robotics professor Robert Riener and was forged with three aims in mind; to facilitate conversation between academia and industry, to facilitate discussion between technology developers and people with disabilities and to promote the use of robotic assistive aids to the general public. qbrobotics is attending at this event as part of the SoftHand PRO Team, lead by Sasha Godfrey. The team competes in the Powered Arm Prosthesis category and its pilot is Clint Olson, who uses an hand developed by the Italian Institute of Technology, the University of Pisa and qbrobotics. With this hand he has to perform different tasks that reminiscent of daily domestic activities.  
Kickoff meeting SOFTPRO

Kickoff meeting SOFTPRO

The SoftPro kick off meeting will be held on March 22-24, 2016 at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy. More information to follow!