Gecomer® Technologies are the result of a decade of fundamental research into the supreme clinging abilities in nature, especially in geckoes. Aided by clean-room technology and computer simulation, we have developed proprietary surface architectures that stick reversibly to diverse materials. Adhesion and release performance is tailored to the requirements through material, topography and miniaturization. Prototypes implemented in an industrial 6-axis robot arm have demonstrated the versatile pick-and-place functionality. High speeds and durability are part of the design. Characteristics include:
Sticking and release action are precisely optimized for the material and surface in question. Suitability has been demonstrated to glass, metal, polymer, silicon wafers and other surfaces with limited roughness.
Switching between adhesion and release is accomplished by robotic control, without the use of suction, chemicals and electrical or magnetic fields. Production-speed pick-and-place cycles have been demonstrated.
The technology is functional under reduced atmospheric pressure and vacuum conditions. Hence gripping action is possible in situations where conventional pick-and-place devices cease to operate.
As contact occurs by a purely physical mechanism, the contacting surfaces are not modified by contaminations or foreign objects. High cleanliness standards and clean-room specifications can be maintained.
The Gecomer® surfaces are designed to optimally distribute contact stresses. This allows the contacting and handling of sensitive and fragile materials that do not tolerate strong point loadings.
The principles behind Gecomer® Technologies are patent-protected and allow the development of proprietary application processes. Contact our experts for an analysis of the IP situation and for creating your novel custom-made handling