Kurt Workholding’s (Minneapolis, MN) RV36 Robotic Gripper is two-finger parallel gripper with patent pending design that allows automated finger/end effector changes without changing the gripper body itself. Quick change jaws allow customers to save on gripper-body expenses and create greater part-holding flexibility.
The compact gripper comes standard with integrated electronics featuring sensors that ensure fingers and parts are in place and ready for production. High-strength aluminum alloy keeps gripper weight to a minimum while a hard-coat finish reduces wear and increases life in the field. Its smaller size allows easier storage where space is a premium.
“We saw an opportunity to increase gripper automation efficiency and to save money for customers with a quick-change finger system using pull-stud technology,” said Kurt Sales and Marketing Manager Steve Kane. “Our unique product is the first robot gripper with the ability to automatically change gripper fingers and the ability to accommodate an endless variety of end-effector options.”
The Gripper’s double-acting piston allows for maximum clamping and un-clamping force. Customers can choose from carvable aluminum or steel finger options that can be machined to work in a variety of applications. Additional finger sets are also sold separately.
Kurt RV 36 Grippers will be available in August.
Manufacturing Industry Invited to Take Reshoring Survey
AMT and the Reshoring Initiative will use the survey results to identify which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore. Part of AMT’s “Rebuilding the Supply Chain” initiative, the survey is open to OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors through the end of February.
Year-Over-Year November U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 1.4%
While November’s $330.3 million represent a decrease of 13.3% from October, AMT’s president says it’s clear ‘the sector did not fare as poorly as originally predicted.’