End-of-arm-tooling maker FIPA GmbH says its Expander pneumatic gripper expands to fill any shape.
It can handle round holes, rectangular recesses or elongated holes, so the Expander can take parts out of mold that have a variety of recesses but few flat surfaces.
Traditional expansion grippers work with circular recesses, according to FIPA, based in Ismaning, Germany.
First, the Expander is directed into the part. Once inside, pneumatic pistons compress elastomer in the axial direction, so the gripper expands evenly. Also, by regulating air pressure, gripping force can be reduced to gently handle sensitive, thin-wall parts.
FIPA also is a major supplier of vacuum cups for the EOAT industry.
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