Polyamide gripper fingers
20 November 2007
Now available from Schunk is the new polyamide gripper fingers and adapter plates. Manufactured in a laser forming process by LMD, a technology partner of Schunk, the components feature very complex geometries that cannot be produced by conventional metal cutting technologies. The complex air feed-through can be routed through a one-piece workpiece in all three dimensions without having to set bore holes from the outside.
As a result, adapter plates with complicated internal channels can now be produced as a single unit without drilling providing customers with gripper fingers of any design for form-fit gripping within just three working days. Since the polyamide used is very elastic, laser forming is also suitable for one-piece compensation systems that adapt to the shape of the workpiece using compliant profiles suspended in the gripper jaws. With polyamide gripper fingers, it is also possible to grip sensitive and thin-walled workpieces, such as car body parts, without clamping marks or other damage.
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