FIPA Introduces New 2016 Series Sprue Grippers

CARY, NC --- FIPA Inc. releases the 2016 Series self-centering, gap-free sprue grippers. Featuring a wide jaw opening, high closing force, single-acting operation, and easy assembly and disassembly, the new grippers are also available with optional direct sensing capabilities and smooth or sawtooth jaws. The 2016 Series sprue grippers provide manufacturers throughout the automotive and plastics molding industries with an assortment of options designed to satisfy a broad range of gripping system specifications.

Comprised of zinc plated steel gripper jaws with anodized, high strength aluminum alloy housings, and compatible with both oiled and unoiled compressed air, 2016 Series sprue grippers deliver reliable performance in even harsh manufacturing environments. Models with direct sensing capabilities feature PNP or NPN sensors, and enable large area sensor activation, direct part detection, and easy adjustment for subsequent control levels. Models without sensing capabilities are available with an additional jaw variant that features removable HNBR pads especially designed to enable quick and easy replacement and eliminate machine downtime, unlike coated grippers, which require complete replacement once the protective material reaches the end of its useful lifetime. The series’ HNBR pads are also low-marking, temperature-resistant from -30°C to +160°C (-20°F to +320°F), and free of both silicone and paint wetting impairment substances (PWIS), which makes them ideal for gently removing delicate plastic parts from injection molding machines.

The new 2016 Series grippers provide a maximum of 52N of gripping force at 6 bar (87.02psi) operating pressure, weigh between 148g (5.22oz) and 168g (5.92oz), and have a 20mm clamping diameter.

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