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Norgen Automation unveils Transforming Tooling system to help optimize material handling

Norgren Automation Solutions, part of IMI Precision Eng., has launched a tooling system designed to help optimize material handling applications.

According to the manufacturer, the Transforming Tooling system can help reduce recurring tooling costs, eliminate manual tool change, allow instant tool changeover between different applications, reduce floor space requirements because of the elimination of manual tool storage, and optimize safety on the shop floor.

The system is a series of arms driven by electric motion that help users place tooling in space in a repeatable, accurate manner. When the arms are actuated to the desired location, pneumatic clutches lock them in place at 150 ft.-lbs. This provides a rigid tooling system similar to conventional end-of-arm robotic tooling. Series of two to 16 arms function in collaboration with each other. When the application requires a change in handling material, the arms automatically transform the end-effector system to suit the new application and lock in place, eliminating the need for tool changes.

The system is suitable for applications in pressrooms, stamping shops, and general material handling. It comes with a variety of consumables, including end effectors that can be swapped on-the-fly, such as switching from vacuum cups and grippers.

IMI Precision Eng. | www.imi-precision.com/nas

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