Patented AirGrip gripper solution for robot-based handling of beverage bottles - Reliable, flexible and fast


At “drinktec” Yaskawa (Hall A2 – Stand A2.130) will be presenting the patented AirGrip gripper solution specifically for robot-based handling of beverage bottles. Mounted on a Motoman handling robot, the patented tool enables reliable, flexible and fast loading/ unloading of glass and plastic bottles in crates, trays and multipacks.

AirGrip gripper solution mounted on a MOTOMAN handling robot / AirGrip Greifer-Lösung montiert auf einem MOTOMAN Handlingroboter (Source/Quelle: YASKAWA/MartinPalm)

Strong and robust gripping cuffs ensure a secure grip on the bottlenecks, even in high-speed applications, without damaging the screw caps. The bottles are lifted by means of compressed air. The low level of mechanical stress means reduced maintenance requirements, and because the cuffs are open at the top, there is no restriction in bottle height. In addition, the lightweight tool was designed to enable easy cleaning. The cuffs are available in five standard sizes, and customized designs are also possible. They can be replaced manually without the need for a special tool.

A sorting table with optionally one or two robots rounds off the AirGrip system. It permits the automated feed of either individual bottles or entire multipacks with bottle contents of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0 litres.

Norwegian beverage manufacturer Roma Mineralvannfabrikk AS is one of many breweries already using AirGrip system including sorting table with considerable success. Its system employs two Yaskawa Motoman robot models: a 5-axis heavy-duty SP800 robot with a payload of 800 kg and a 4-axis MPL500 palletizing robot with a capacity of 500 kg. Due to the higher bottling capacity the company has been able to increase its sales by about 30%.



Bottle Handling

Bottle Sorting Table


YASKAWA at Drinktec

11–15 September 2017 – Munich trade fair centre

Hall A2, Booth 130


Contact for readers’ inquiries at YASKAWA:

Cecilia Benze

Marketing Communication

YASKAWA Nordic AB - 38525 Torsås/Sweden

Tel. +46 732 048 851