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This paper describes guidelines for the design of grippers for use in modular manufacturing workcells. Gripper design is an important and often overlooked aspect of the design of a complete assembly system. Here, guidelines are presented which can be applied to a wide variety of grippers. Guidelines are divided into three major categories: those that improve system throughput, those that increase system reliability, and those that decrease cost. Designs of several grippers, currently being useddoi:10.1108/01445150310460033 fatcat:2mtr6hr5xrcyxbxmbu7yjolyom