Parts Handling Equipment

Remove work pieces securely

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 27th, 2013

FIPA has introduced a new sprue gripper, GR04.101A, that the company says offers "the optimal solution for the removal of injection molded parts." A large-area sprue control promises detection of the sprue in the gripper regardless of position.

"Our newest gripper not only identifies work pieces with high reliability and regardless of the position of the sprue, it also guarantees a maximum gripping force even at high cycle times," says Rainer Mehrer, FIPA president and owner.

Customized insert grippers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2012

FIPA has added customized insert grippers to its end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) line that are compact, customizable, and specifically designed for handling inserts in injection molded parts at high cycle times. The grippers are said to be said to be cost-effective for small or even single-piece runs. Vacuum- and air-powered versions are offered.

Compact weigh module with ultra-precision to boot

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2011

In-process control and embedded weighing is now possible in any critical instrument or system operation with WMC weigh modules from Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH). The instruments are claimed to be the smallest high-precision weighing sensors in the world, measuring just one inch in width.

Distributed drive targets material handling applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2010

A rugged, energy-efficient drive boasting a compact footprint, lower total cost-of-ownership and moreover enhanced usability is equally at home controlling motion in material handling systems or packaging conveyors. The Sinamics G110D drive from Siemens (Atlanta, GA) is ideal for installation in close proximity to motors located throughout facilities where dust and water ingression are a concern.

Particle elimination with compact footprint and minimal energy usage

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 26th, 2010

Meech International (Oxfordshire, UK) says its new IonRinse system presents a major leap forward in energy saving and sustainability in the field of cleaning blow-molded containers and pre-forms for use in the food and beverage industries prior to filling or blow molding, respectively. The system will be unveiled at the K Show at Stand 11B60.

Industrial ID scanner incorporates liquid lens, modular communications capability

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2010

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has debuted its next-generation DataMan handheld industrial ID scanner series designed for factory floor use. The rugged DataMan 8000 Series offers advanced 1D and 2D code reading via patented IDMax technology regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface.

Interchangeable sprue gripper jaws ensure handling flexibility

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 22nd, 2010

A new application need not necessitate exchanging grippers for handling of different sprues when using a system from Fipa (Cary, NC) that requires only that the gripper jaws be swapped. The model GR04.103 and GR04.130C sprue grippers can be reconfigured quickly meaning a substantial amount of time can be saved during changeover.

Add rapid part cooling to the conveyor line

By IMM Staff
Published: April 28th, 2010

You say that ambient air does not cool that molded part moving along the conveyor fast enough, even with fans added. Well, now you can add a portable, spot air-cooling unit to a Dynamic Conveyor modular system right at the point where it’s needed.

Flash blown away in medical app

By IMM Staff
Published: February 10th, 2010

Microscopic hair-like flash from molded, cut, and skived plastic parts used in medical applications is removed in an instant using a new compact hot-air blower. The parts in question are used for internal medical examinations or dispensing applicators.

Low-pressure part takeout

By IMM Staff
Published: January 6th, 2010

Venturi vacuum pumps powered by compressed air have no moving parts, thereby delivering high reliability, and can achieve a 26-inch Hg vacuum with only 0.74-1.27 SCFM air flow, depending on the suction cup size. Vendor Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) says these devices can provide millisecond attach and release. The pump, suspension, and suction cup are an integrated unit and can be positioned close to the load to minimize the potential for vacuum loss through tubing.

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