Since robotic prehension is widely used in all sectors of manufacturing industry, this book fills the need for a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the topic. As such, this is the first text to address both developers and users, dealing as it does with the function, design and use of industrial robot grippers. The book includes both traditional methods and many more recent developments such as micro grippers for the optoelectronics industry. Written by authors from academia, industry and consulting, it begins by covering the four basic categories of robotic prehension before expanding into sections dealing with endeffector design and control, robotic manipulation and kinematics. Later chapters go on to describe how these various gripping techniques can be used for a common industrial aim, with details of related topics such as: kinematics, part separation, sensors, tool exchange and compliance. The whole is rounded off with specific examples and case studies. With some 500 line drawings and 20 colour illustrations, this practical book is all set to become the standard for advanced students, researchers and manufacturing engineers, as well as designers and project managers seeking practical descriptions of robot endeffectors and their applications. From the contents: - Introduction - Automatic Prehension - Impactive Mechanical Grippers - Ingressive Grippers - Astrictive Grippers - Grippers - Miniature and Micro-Grippers - Special Designs - Kinematics - Object separation - Instrumentation & Control - Tool exchange - Compliance - Case Studies Authors: Gareth Monkman is Professor of Robotics and Automation at the Fachhochschule Regensburg in Germany. In addition to authoring a large number of academic papers, he also holds numerous patents in the field of gripper technology. Stefan Hesse is a manipulator technology consultant, lectures at the Technical College Technikum Vienna, and has been working extensively as editor and author for many years. Ralf Steinmann is head of Sales and Marketing Automation at SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Obersulm. Henrik Schunk is CEO of SCHUNK Intec Inc., Raleigh- Morrisville (USA).