SCHUNK's SDH Hand Rings the NASDAQ Closing Bell for Launch of ROBO-STOX(TM) Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF

The SDH hand attached to the UR5 robot arm from Universal Robots will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell on Tuesday, November 12 to mark the launch of the ROBO-STOX™ Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (Ticker Symbol: ROBO). The robotic bell ringing marks the first time a non-human performs this prestigious task.

SCHUNK has been chosen by ROBO-STOX to ring the bell along with Universal Robots to represent the rapidly increasing robotics industry. On Tuesday, November 12 at 4pm EST, the SDH 3 finger gripper from SCHUNK attached to Universal Robots' UR5 robot arm will press the button activating NASDAQ's closing bell. The bell ringing celebrates the launch of the ROBO-STOX™ Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (Ticker Symbol: ROBO), the latest exchange-traded fund to begin trading through Exchange Traded Concepts' accelerated, low-cost, private-label ETF platform.

About The "Bell Ringer" In the NASDAQ bell ringing application, the UR5 robot arm has been integrated with a three-fingered SDH gripper by the manufacturing company SCHUNK with the assistance of the SCHUNK and Universal Robots' distributor, Cross Automation. The six-axis UR5 weighs only 40 lbs. and handles payloads of up to 11.3 lbs with reach capabilities of up to 33.5in. Repeatability of +/- .004” allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. Programming happens through an intuitive 3D tablet touchscreen — or by simply grabbing the robot arm to demonstrate desired movement. The SDH hand from SCHUNK enables the form-fit and force-fit gripping of a wide range of objects and can be used both in areas of service robotics and in industrial applications. Two of the three fingers can change their positions, making it suitable for many different gripping scenarios and features high flexibility. The pressure and surface are monitored by an optional tactile sensor system. This means it is possible to detect whether the object has been optimally gripped or whether a correction must be made during the gripping process. The high maximum gripping force, which conforms approximately to the force of the human hand, can be sensitively monitored by the integrated sensors and adjusted.

About ROBO-STOX, LLC ROBO-STOX LLC is the creator of the first benchmark index to track the global robotics and automation market. Through the expertise of its leadership team and strategic advisors, ROBO-STOX looks worldwide to find new innovations in the robotics space, from companies of all sizes and verticals, to deliver the growth of robotics to investors — from individuals to institutions. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ROBO-STOX is the recognized leader in developing investment solutions that target the robotics, automation and related technology sectors. 


SCHUNK is the worldwide competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems. Totaling more than 60 years of experience, SCHUNK is a family owned operation and a global player in one.

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