Kitagawa launches Promano range of robotic grippers

With many businesses investing in automation to improve the productivity of their workplaces and the inevitable move towards readiness for Industry 4.0, the requirement for robotic grippers has grown accordingly.

Recognising this, respected chuck manufacturer Kitagawa has just released a range of robotic grippers to cater to this growing segment of the workholding market.

Branded ‘Promano’ the extensive range of 2-jaw and 3-jaw parallel grippers caters to every possible gripping requirement and different types of robot arms. Multiple variations and jaw options are available and all jaws offer high repeatability and a long operating life.

All the grippers offer excellent swarf protection and maintenance is ultimately improved. Their high gripping force provides stable gripping of the heaviest work pieces, whilst their lightweight and compact body does not limit the load capacity of the robot.

A new mounting style allows for a smaller protrusion compared with conventional grippers whilst improved gripping accuracy is assured thanks to the highly rigid body.

The 2-jaw parallel grippers comprise of standard, low profile and sealed units. The standard model offers high quality coupled with excellent durability. The low profile unit has a slimline body that provides a high gripping force and also features an air purge specification. The sealed unit features a waterproof and dustproof design able to endure the most severe conditions coupled with a lightweight and compact body.

Two of the 3-jaw parallel grippers feature a through-hole which is suitable for attaching air sensing and air blast monitoring equipment. Standard and sealed units are also available in the 3-jaw parallel gripper range.

Easy cleaning of the sliding surfaces of the grippers can be achieved without detaching the gripper from the robot, simply by removing the master jaw from the front.

Kitagawa are renowed as designing and manufacturing the finest power chucks available. Their unique innovations in workholding solutions supported by highly specialised design teams and a proven history of excellence, ensures they can offer solutions for all workholding requirements.

“2018 sees Kitagawa celebrate their 100 year anniversary and Dimac celebrate 35 years as sole distributor for Kitagawa in Australia and New Zealand. Their power chucks and rotary tables have earned a reputation for outstanding quality and durability. I have no doubt the Promano range of robotic grippers will further cement that reputation,” said Dimac Managing Director, Paul Fowler.

“I’m sure Promano robotic grippers will find ready acceptance in the marketplace and appeal to those businesses that are keen to add another dose of productivity to their already automated workplaces,” Mr Fowler added.

In addition to Kitagawa, Dimac is also the sole distributor of other leading CNC accessory and workholding brands including the Freddy range of coolant recycling machines, Reven air extractors and Hydrafeed Barfeeders.

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