Column Manipulator has overhead-mounted design.

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Suspended from bridge-crane style system, Rigid Column Manipulator offers vertical adjustment along linear rail system with XYZ axis positioning. System has reach up to 96 in. and standard load capacities up to 750 lb, and allows placement and retrieval of parts in ovens, washers, machining centers, and storage racks. Vertical movement is electrically- or pneumatically-powered, with controls placed on column-mounted handles or push button pendant.

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Unidex Introduces its New Overhead-Mounted Rigid Column Manipulator for Smooth, Continuous Movement Over a Large Work Area

A new overhead-mounted Rigid Column Manipulator, introduced by Unidex, Inc., Warsaw, New York offers the stability of a floor-mounted unit with the range of an overhead system and load capacities greater than telescoping models. Suspended from a bridge-crane style overhead system, the new Rigid Column Manipulator achieves fine vertical adjustment along a linear rail system offering X, Y, and Z-axis positioning throughout a large work zone. This eliminates potential dangers of swinging loads handled solely by hoists, the company states.

The vertical movement can be powered electrically or pneumatically (with shop air), and the versatile manipulator can be configured for a variety of applications using arms, booms, or custom-engineered end effectors. Unidex states that the new Rigid Column Manipulator enables users to place and retrieve parts in ovens, parts washers, machining centers, storage racks, or work cells with reach up to 96 inches and standard load capacities up to 750 lbs. Typical applications include part lifting, holding, indexing, rotating, upending, pick and place, power gripping, and clamping.

According to Unidex, higher capacity loads can be handled by installing an optional power drive system in place of manually guided movement along the overhead bridge crane system. Controls are located on the column-mounted handles, or a push button pendant can be provided to give greater flexibility to the operator.

Other options include:
Stainless steel construction for sanitary of corrosive environments
Variety of lift strokes and load capacities
Various arm lengths and designs
Manual or powered end effectors
Special controls or interlock features
Power drives or braking systems

For more information, contact Unidex, Inc., 2416 Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569. Toll-Free: 1-800-724-1302. Phone: 585-786-3170. Fax: 585-786-3223. E-Mail: URL: Specific product information online at:

For technical information, contact:
Sue Gardner, Sales Manager, Unidex, Inc.
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