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THE high-speed picker from Festo quickly reins in costs for handling and assembly technology. With high cycle rates and intelligent stroke adjustment, the new Pick & Place shortens production times and improves economic efficiency.

A handling module steps on the accelerator. Cycles ranging from 0.6 to 1 second, the high-speed picker combines horizontal travel and vertical stroke, including a rest position, into a single unit. The link-rod driven Pick & Place unit is the fastest pneumatic handling module available.

Increased output rates of up to 100ppm and 20% shorter cycle times make it a specialist for handling small parts with typical workpiece loads of less than 100g. The picker is suitable for simple insertion and removal tasks at rotary indexing table or for sorting tasks at transfer systems. In addition, its compact design allows it to operate the in the tightest of spaces. A repetition accuracy of 0.02mm in the end-positions guarantees that precision is maintained, even at extreme speeds.

The design of the new handling module allows for more freedom of movement. In contrast to most curve-driven systems, the High-Speed Picker is not constructed for rigid movement kinetics. Only the centre bit of the three-part link is fixed on the aluminium profile. Both sides of the cam track can be moved individually and the strokes along the Y-axis can be set independently of each other. An additional stroke adjustment along the Z-axis enables independent height offset of pick & place positions. This allows level differences between rotary indexing tables and transfer systems to be quickly and easily incorporated.

The picker also gets off to a quick start when it comes to system design, commissioning and assembly. It is delivered pre-assembled and ready to install, with an appropriate installation package if required. This eliminates the need to assemble axes, adapter plates and installation components.

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