SAS Automation, represented by Romheld Australia , has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies - ideal for high speed production runs requiring extra lightweight gripper tooling of high strength.
Reducing the weight of robot grippers enables higher processing speeds and reduces robot wear and tear in applications for handling molded plastic parts where an extremely light weight gripper is needed.
Typically these grippers are mounted onto robots or dedicated un-loaders that service injection molding machines.
The SAS gripper system comprises extruded alloy profiles in seven sizes, which are secured by a standard range of connectors and clamps to provide the basic gripper frame.
To this frame a selection of mountings are available to secure grippers, vacuum cups, sprue pliers and sensors.
Further elements such as air nippers and static eliminators can also be incorporated to perform additional functions during the handling process, making the gripper a working tool.
Since the introduction of lighter weight carbon fibre gripper arms, SAS has incorporated this technology into its standard pneumatic finger gripper components.
The strength of components is actually increased and now the complete range of standard gripper fingers is available with carbon fibre bodies.
A huge benefit of the modular gripper systems using standard parts is the components can be re-used when new or re-designed workpieces are introduced. This means that grippers can be quickly re-built and costs are significantly reduced over the lifetime of the systems.
The system also includes a low cost quick-change chuck, which can be fitted to any robot for efficient tool changes.
Romheld Australia distributes SAS Gripper systems, along with a complete range of robot grippers and end-of-arm tooling, throughout Australia and New Zealand.