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Piab Launches New Gripper

Piab recently introduced its new and largest piSOFTGRIP 100-4 gripper, capable of handling odd-shaped machine parts or remove injection-molded parts and developed especially with food-industry automation in mind.

The piSOFTGRIP 100-4 has four gripping fingers and a vacuum cavity allowing it to hold objects up to 100 mm (4 inches) in width. Like all other members of the piSOFTGRIP family, it is made in one piece, resulting in a simple and robust product. Made in detectable silicone approved for direct contact with food, the vacuum gripper can be used to automate the handling of all sorts of fresh, unpackaged, and delicate food items without the risk of crushing.

The piSOFTGRIP vacuum grippers are an excellent, cost effective, and robust solution for sensitive and fragile objects. A small footprint makes them ideal for multiple applications even in space-restrained machine settings. The piSOFTGRIP vacuum tools are as simple to control and install as a suction cup. They do not require any specific programming. To ensure the right gripping force for gentle but safe handling of delicate objects, the vacuum level can easily be adjusted.

The piSOFTGRIP 100-4 is the largest version in a series of grippers consisting of the three-finger-based versions piSOFTGRIP 50-3 and 30-3 for picking small fruit and pralines, as well as the two-finger version piSOFTGRIP 50-2 for small, sensitive oblong objects like waffle cones or fish cuts. The grippers in the piSOFTGRIP family can be integrated in applications requiring multiple picks or as a stand-alone tool.

For more information, visit www.piab.com.

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