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1. (WO2017177126) SOFT ROBOTIC ACTUATORS FOR POSITIONING, PACKAGING, AND ASSEMBLING

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/177126    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/026581
Publication Date: Fri Oct 13 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 08 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B25J 9/16
B25J 9/00
B25J 9/14
B25J 15/00
B25J 15/12
Applicants: SOFT ROBOTICS, INC.
Inventors: LESSING, Joshua Aaron
HARBURG, Daniel Vincent
SINGH, Sarv Parteek
CURHAN, Jeffrey
Title: SOFT ROBOTIC ACTUATORS FOR POSITIONING, PACKAGING, AND ASSEMBLING
Abstract:
Exemplary embodiments relate to applications for soft robotic actuators in the manufacturing, packaging, and food preparation industries, among others. Methods and systems are disclosed for fixing target objects and/or receptacles using soft robotic actuators, for positioning target objects and/or receptacles, and/or for diverting or sorting objects. By using soft robotic actuators to perform the fixing, positioning, and/or diverting, objects of different sizes and configurations may be manipulated on the same processing line, without the need to reconfigure the line or install new hardware when a new object is received.