In episode #80 (17Jun2011), Robots Podcast interviews Henrik Schunk, managing partner and grandson of the founder of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, a family-run business based in Germany, with a presence in 50 countries and over 1800 employees. SCHUNK is one of the leaders in clamping and gripping technology, with more than 10,000 specialized products. In this interview, Henrik Schunk discusses recent developments in gripping technology, challenges that still remain after over 70 years of development, and the need for task-adapted systems and high-end products including anthropomorphic robotic hands (shown in the video linked above). He also discusses his hopes for service robotics as one of the main areas of development in automation.
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