Pneumatic And Hydraulic Equipment Page 438

AIRPICKER & AIRGRIPPER Conform To Any Shape The inflatable rubber construction of AirPicker and AirGripper end-effectors allows a multiple number of shapes to be handled with one model. Multiple Sizes Handled With One Gripper The large expansion of Firestone end-effectors allows for multiple part sizes to be handled with just one size model. The diameter of an AirPicker end-effector can grow by as much as 1.86 times the deflated diameter, while an AirGripper TM end-effector can grip around an object that is only 40% of the deflated diameter. Delicate Handling By controlling the amount of pressure within the bladder, Firestone end-effectors can handle delicate objects with the soft touch of rubber and air. The holding force is distributed over a greater surface area than a mechanical gripper, resulting in a soft and secure touch even with heavy loads. High Load Capacity The wide contact area associated with an AirGripper and AirPicker end-effector results in a higher load capacity. A mechanical gripper only contacts the small area with its "fingers". The greater contact area results in a firmer grip and higher load carrying ability. Non-marring Contact The soft touch of the rubber and air allows for glass and plastic objects to be handled without marring their surface. This has been proven in applications handling freshly molded test tubes, glass bottles, and photosensitive copier drums. Wide Size Range Our standard AirPicker end-effector line can handle objects with an inside diameter as small as 0.33 inches (8.5mm), and as large as 4.13 inches (105mm). Our standard AirGripper TM end-effector line can handle objects ranging from 0.2 to 1.8 inches (5 to 45mm) in outside diameter. No Lubrication Required The absence of bearings or moving parts means that no lubrication is required for a long durable life. Long Life In A Dusty Environment The AirPicker and AirGripper end-effectors do not use seals or bearings, which results in a more durable gripper in dusty environments. The products of years of development, AirPicker and AirGripper end-effectors combine pneumatic pressure control with the physical attributes of rubber. The result is an innovation that can give robotics or mechanical handling systems an important degree of touch and allow products to be handled securely and gently. The AirPicker end-effector is inserted into a product while deflated, then inflates outwardly to "hold onto" the product's interior walls. The AirGripper TM end-effector collars around the product, then the sleeve inflates inwardly to form a grip around the product's exterior. Models are available with various inflation pressures to handle light to heavy loads. This cushioned transporting can help eliminate damage, breakage, and other processing problems. AirPicker and AirGripper end-effectors have already been proven in assembly, loading, shifting, conveying and many other manufacturing operations around the world. Introduction Advantages END-EFFECTORS Firestone (314) 427-0600 800-444-0522 (FAX) 314-427-3502 www. j JHF Catalog [ Volume 7 ] 438 Prices Subject to Change Without Notice John Henry Foster pneumatic and hydraulic equipment

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