A key part of the development of RoBUTCHER is the design and production of a gripper arm that will sit on the robot. The gripper is needed for grasping the external primals of the carcass, the hams and the shoulder. It provides two important functions to the Meat Factory Cell; support the cutting procedure of the primals and move the primals to the inspection frame
Due to the lack of commercial solutions available, the external gripping tool will be based on a prototype manual gripper designed by DTI-DMRI, developed for moving hams and fore-ends. The prototype includes no sensors but has a design that may not impose permanent marks on the skin of cold products.
The video below shows a test where the gripper lifts and move a pork ham.