Design Flaws Solved With Pneumatic Grippers

When you’re using pneumatic grippers in an application, you’re not betting on them to fail, but not all grippers are created equal. Flaws in construction can do anything from impacting the life cycle of your equipment to creating major maintenance headaches. The simple construction of Fabco-Air’s SPG Series pneumatic grippers helps to eliminate these flaws.

The SPG Series uses a simple but effective approach. A pair of ground, stainless steel guide shafts doubling as air pistons are press-fit and pinned to each gripper jaw. These two jaw units are then linked by the third moving part, a rocker arm that synchronizes motion. With only three moving parts, the SPG Series can eliminate any number of problems, including:

  • Difficulties with tooling attachments
  • Troubles with maintenance
  • Replacements without major readjustment and alignment
  • Verifying parts presence or gauging part size

To learn more about how the SPG Series grippers can help decrease maintenance time and expand your mounting options, download our white paper here.

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Exploring Important Cylinder Features for Medical Applications

From lab automation to device manufacturing, medical applications demand cylinders that offer reliability, consistent performance and above all—cleanliness. At Fabco-Air, we offer both custom and off-the-shelf cylinders that meet these requirements to keep your critical processes running smoothly.

Hygienic design resists corrosion. For safe, reliable operation in clean manufacturing environments, we offer cylinders made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and Delrin®. For more specific requirements, our engineering team can leverage a variety of proprietary coatings to ensure the cylinders hold up to any caustic substances. If the cylinder is directly exposed to a sensitive environment, we can also incorporate corrosion-resistant seals and use FDA-approved lubricants.

Compact package fits tight installations. Cylinders like our popular Original Pancake®, Global Series™, Square 1® and F Series are also lightweight and compact; their low-profile design enables installation even in the tightest of footprints. As a result, our cylinders achieve a long cycle life and maximum performance for the smallest package size, making them ideal for lab environments and other installations where space may be an issue.

Overcome challenges with unlimited customization. Whether for medical device manufacturing or pharmaceutical production, we can adapt any of our standard cylinders to meet your unique application requirements. These specials can include many modified features related to size, media compatibility, temperature, material systems, sealing and more.

For example, we customized one of our double-acting Pancake® II Cylinders to fit a small space in a medical packaging machine. We milled flats on both end caps for more precise alignment and incorporated a 4-inch bore by 1-inch stroke, high-strength composite wall, hard chrome-plated stainless steel piston rod, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite rod bearings and internally lubricated dynamic O-rings.

For more information on how we can deliver a standard or custom cylinder for your medical application, visit our product page.


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