Meet the OnRobot Gecko Gripper: a versatile add-on that can attach and lift any item with a flat, smooth surface. It is designed to speed up pick & place applications. Items are lifted without an air system. Gripping is performed instantaneously and precisely thanks to the integrated load sensor.
The Gecko Gripper uses fine fibers that adhere to the surface of the work-piece to generate strong van der Waals forces. More info is available here.