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Universal Robotic Gripper

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0095
Agency Tracking Number: FX224-OCSO1-1418
Amount: $74,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X224-OCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.4
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-04
Small Business Information
WINCHESTER, MA 01890-4014
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Jens
 (781) 929-5161
Business Contact
 Stephen Jens
Phone: (781) 929-5161
Research Institution

Harvest Moon Automation is developing a universal robotic gripper that can perform a variety of tasks. The typical robotic gripper is designed for specific tasks and a robot will go through a number of tool changes depending upon the various tasks that it must perform. The universal robotic gripper can be used for both delicate and heavy tasks, so the robot can accomplish many tasks with this one tool. An example of how the universal gripper has been used in the past, the same gripper was used to change a 100 watt light bulb and then lift a 20 pound weight. This gripper will allow a robot to work in a hazardous environment that is dangerous to a human and perform many of the tasks done with a human hand. An example would be in an Air Force nuclear silo where the robot could handle delicate or radiated materials. It could also assist with maintenance and handle heavy or delicate hardware. The universal gripper has been tested on a NASA simulated control panel whereby it demonstrated the capability of operating a variety of electrical and fluid switches and connectors. The focus area this proposal is addressing is AFNWC – Robotics, ID: 20855.

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