FIPA Releases Grippers With Soft, Removable Pads for Time- & Cost-Conscious Injection-Molded Plastics Applications

| September 13, 2016

Featuring robust anodized aluminum alloy housings & jaws equipped with exceptionally soft, quickly replaceable elastomer pads, FIPA’s new 100 Series sprue grippers provide gentle gripping solutions ideal for delicate workpieces with low material thicknesses

fp043-100-series-grippers-removable-pads-prCARY, N.C. (September 13, 2016) — FIPA Inc., a leading manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT), has expanded its portfolio of 100 Series sprue grippers with the addition of a new model with exceptionally soft and quickly replaceable HNBR elastomer pads on the inner jaws. Previously available with uncoated, inner-coated, and completely coated jaws, each with a 10mm clamping diameter, the new GR04.106 grippers have the same anodized, high-strength aluminum alloy housings as the rest of the 100 Series, but feature clip-mounted jaw pads designed to facilitate quick removal and replacement, and eliminate the downtime often associated with complete gripper replacement and subsequent system testing and reprogramming. The soft pads on the new single-acting, non-sensing sprue gripper are elastic, low-marking, low-abrasion, wear-resistant, free of both silicone and paint wetting impairment substances (PWIS), and temperature resistant from 30°C to +160°C (-22°F to +320°F), which makes them ideal for gently grasping delicate workpieces with low material thicknesses, like injection-molded plastic parts, while maintaining the pristine quality of their surfaces.

“This latest addition to our proven 100 Series sprue grippers provides a quick, effective, and cost-conscious solution for gently handling delicate parts, while also satisfying increasing temporal and financial pressures experienced throughout the plastics industry,” said Rainer Mehrer, president of FIPA. “With these, worn pads can be replaced in minutes, saving the time and expense associated with replacing complete grippers, and our customers can count on us to ensure that replacement pads are always available for immediate shipping and delivery.”

Tailored to the requirements of the plastics industry, the new 100 Series sprue grippers provide a maximum of 28N of gripping force at 6 bar operating pressure, deliver outstanding performance in environments with filtered and either oiled or unoiled air, and are lightweight (48g / 1.69oz), which makes them especially well suited for EOAT applications. 

For more information about FIPA’s new 100 Series GR4.106 sprue grippers with replaceable clip-mounted HNBR jaw pads, please visit http://www.fipa.com/en_US/product/2365613-sprue-grippers. For more information about FIPA’s full portfolio of 100 Series sprue grippers, please visit http://www.fipa.com/en_US/products/208048-sprue-grippers. For all other inquiries, please visit http://www.fipa.com, call 919-651-9888, or write to 1855 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513.                       

Editor’s Note: To schedule an appointment with a FIPA representative at K 2016, please contact Sarah Teal, public relations coordinator, BtB Marketing Communications, at sarah.teal@btbmarketing.com or 919-872-8172.

About FIPA, Inc.
Founded in 2006 as a fully owned subsidiary of FIPA GmbH, FIPA Inc. is an international innovator and manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT) for automated assembly equipment and material handling systems. Spanning components to complete systems, FIPA’s products are broadly employed in applications ranging from packaging, automotive assembly, and manufacturing automation equipment to material handling systems designed to move plastics, metals, glass, wood products, and, for printing equipment, paper and films. FIPA also delivers flexible, dynamic solutions on short lead times, and provides superior service and technical support.

Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Ismaning, Germany, FIPA GmbH has steadily expanded its global presence in recent years, adding representations in the United States, Thailand, Hungary, and China. For more information about FIPA’s products, services, and news, please visit http://www.fipa.com.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Heidbrede, Manager
International Marketing Communication
FIPA Group
0049-89-962-4890
jheidbrede@fipa.com

Christine Stieglitz
PR Executive, BtB Marketing Communications
919-872-8172
christine.stieglitz@btbmarketing.com

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