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CLASH - A Compliant Sensorized Hand for Handling Delicate Objects

Friedl, Werner and Roa Garzon, Máximo Alejandro (2020) CLASH - A Compliant Sensorized Hand for Handling Delicate Objects. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Frontiers Media S.A. doi: 10.3389/frobt.2019.00138. ISSN 2296-9144.

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Official URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frobt.2019.00138


Automation of logistic tasks, such as object picking and placing, is currently one of the most active areas of research in robotics. Handling delicate objects, such as fruits and vegetables, both in warehouses and in plantations, is a big challenge due to the delicacy and precision required for the task. This paper presents the CLASH hand, a Compliant Low-Cost Antagonistic Servo Hand, whose kinematics was specifically designed for handling groceries. The main feature of the hand is its variable stiffness, which allows it to withstand collisions with the environment and also to adapt the passive stiffness to the object weight while relying on a modular design using off-the-shelf low-cost components. Due to the implementation of differentially coupled flexors, the hand can be actuated like an underactuated hand but can also be driven with different stiffness levels to planned grasp poses, i.e., it can serve for both model-based grasp planning and for underactuated or model-free grasping. The hand also includes self-checking and logging processes, which enable more robust performance during grasping actions. This paper presents key aspects of the hand design, examines the robustness of the hand in impact tests, and uses a standardized fruit benchmarking test to verify the behavior of the hand when different actuator and sensor failures occur and are compensated for autonomously by the hand.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135191/
Document Type:Article
Title:CLASH - A Compliant Sensorized Hand for Handling Delicate Objects
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Friedl, WernerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3002-7274UNSPECIFIED
Roa Garzon, Máximo AlejandroUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1708-4223UNSPECIFIED
Date:17 January 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Frontiers Media S.A
Keywords:Robotic hand, variable stiffness, soft robotic, grip stiffness, Co-contraction
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Multi-fingered robotic hands [SY]
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Deposited By: Friedl, Werner
Deposited On:22 Jun 2020 14:00
Last Modified:24 Oct 2023 15:05

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