ACTUATOR 2016 Manuscript P 35

Author: Hubert Borgmann
Pages: 4
Language: English
Publication date: 01/06/2016
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Manuscript P 35 published in Conference Proceedings ACTUATOR 2016
Energy-Efficient SMA Vacuum Gripper System

P. Motzki1,2, J. Kunze1,2, A. York2, S. Seelecke1,2
1 ZeMA – Zentrum für Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik gGmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany
2 Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany

Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires are a promising actuation technology for industrial applications due to their high energy density. These wires contract when heated, typically via an applied current, as a consequence of a phase transformation between martensite (cooled wire) and austenite (heated wire). The first prototype of an SMA-actuated vacuum gripper was presented at the Actuator14 conference. The focus of this paper is on the development of a second generation prototype of an SMA-actuated vacuum gripper that does not require continuous activation during gripping. For evaluation and validation of the gripper system, a test rig is used to measure the created vacuum with a pressure sensor and the deflected membrane with a laser displacement
sensor during operation. Different experiments take a look at the vacuum quality over time, lifting forces and repeatability. The paper ends with an outlook on future work and a discussion of possible application scenarios.
El vendedor asume toda la responsabilidad de esta entrada.
Hubert Borgmann, MESSE BREMEN,
Project Manager ACTUATOR, International Conference and Exhibition on New Actuators and Drive Systems, Bremen, Germany, and Editor of the ACTUATOR Conference Proceedings (
Project Manager ITHEC, International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites, Bremen, Germany, and Editor of the ITHEC Conference Proceedings (

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