The Layer Gripper uses a unique combination of Unigripper’s patented vacuum lift technology, mechanical clamping bars and side skirts to adaptively handle and lift individual customer consignments, irrespective of their constituents’
Both palletizing and depalletizing operations are possible, as are multi layer loads. Each layer can be different, with, say, cardboard boxes on one level and bottles on another. The layers can be completely or partly full, with gaps between products being permissible. The side skirts can be adjusted to baffle for loads of different heights.
The Layer Gripper provides fast throughput with up to 350 cycles an hour. This performance is aided by servo operated clamping bar height adjustment. The programmable clamping force can be minimised for fragile products or set to any level up to 200Kg per side if more lift is needed. A maximum layer weight of 300Kg is possible. Two pallet sizes are supported: Euro pallet, with a maximum gripping size of 1320 x 1040mm and US/CHEP pallet handling up to 1420 x 1220mm.
The Layer Gripper functions as a rigid End of Arm Tool (EOAT) with a mechanical interface and robot adapter provided. It is typically used within robot or gantry mounted palletizing systems. A DeviceNet network communications interface is provided for remote configuration, control and data collection.
Cardboard boxes or trays containing any product with or without plastic shrink wrap can be lifted. This includes bottles, either loose or shrink wrapped. Recycled plastic bottle crates are another load example, and product temperatures from -40˚C to +60˚C can be handled.
The versatile Layer Gripper is highly cost effective in distribution centre installations. Only one unit is needed per multiproduct conveyor line, and it can become a simple to support single type solution throughout a centre.
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About TIA Robotic Tooling Solutions:TIA Robotic Tooling Solutions supplies quality end effector and gripper solutions for robotics and automation systems sourced globally and supported locally out of its headquarters in Derby, UK. TIA’s clients are from a range of market sectors including aerospace, automotive, medical, research and packaging. They are typically systems integrators, OEMs, robot suppliers and research laboratories.
Products include magnetic, pneumatic and vacuum grippers, tool changers, high speed spindles, compliant robotic de-burring and de-flashing tools, centre of compliance tools, compliant end effectors and anti crash devices. Semi and fully custom tools are also available.
TIA also provides services complementary to its products, including tooling design support, installation, consultancy, service and training as well as tooling evaluation trials. The company has ISO9002 approval.