OnRobot (Odense, Denmark) has acquired Purple Robotics.
Purple Robotics has developed an innovative vacuum gripper, the world’s first specifically for cobots.
OnRots said that with the acquisition of Purple Robotics, it can now offer its partners the world’s first dual vacuum gripper. The gripper was launched at Automatica last June.
Purple Robotics was established by Lasse Kieffer (CEO), Henrik Tillitz Hansen and Peter Nadolny Madsen and all three were product developers at Universal Robots and will now join OnRobot.
OnRobot is now integrating Purple Robotics into its own existing R&D department at its headquarters in Odense.
Kieffer said: “It has been really good fun to create a brand new robotics company and to disrupt the market for vacuum grippers with our invention. It makes a lot of sense and creates significant synergy to join forces with OnRobot, which has already created a strong, global sales organization. This means that we can focus 100 percent on developing the world’s coolest robotics products. Together, we can go far.”
The Purple Robotics dual vacuum gripper can provides a robot arm with two ‘hands.’ It therefore has the ability to handle several items simultaneously and solving multiple tasks in one movement. Additionally, it has an electric pump integrated in the gripper itself, meaning users do not need to worry about hoses, compressed air, and cables as with conventional vacuum gripper solutions.
Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO, OnRobot (pictured, right), said: “It must be easily conceivable to automate even small production batches. Otherwise, robot technology is not a good investment. This is why we hand pick the best and most user-friendly robot products and integrate them in OnRobot. We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer our robot partners and integrators the vacuum gripper, just as we look forward to being able to add the top-class Purple Robotics robot developers to our development department.
“We are now one step closer to our vision of offering ‘one-stop-shopping’ for buyers of robot accessories. Purple Robotics will definitely not be our last acquisition. We have our eye on a number of other interesting companies around the world.”