End-of-Arm Tooling handles heavy bags.

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Featuring heavy-duty stainless steel fingers, Custom Robotic Bag Gripper Tool is capable of lifting 25-60 lb bags off roller conveyors. Tool requires one pivot point with one cylinder to rotate fingers, reaching in between rollers to secure bag underneath. Unit solves difficulty in securing bags that deform due to heavy contents, such as salt, food products, and dry concrete mixtures.

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>SAS< Automation Introduces its Latest Packaging End-of-Arm Tooling - for Bag Handling

This custom robotic bag gripper tool, designed by the engineering department at SAS, needed to lift heavy bags off of a roller conveyor - therefore the tool needed to be carefully designed to avoid interference with the rollers. The tool is made of heavy duty stainless steel fingers capable of handling bag weights of 25 lbs to 60 lbs.

The tool uniquely requires one pivot point with one cylinder to rotate the fingers to grab the bags, reaching in between the rollers to secure the bag underneath providing optimal support. This >SAS< specially design tool solves the difficulty in securing bags that significantly deform due to heavy contents, such as salt, food products, or even dry concrete mixtures.

According to Richard Petz, General Manager for SAS Automation, "This new durable bag gripper incorporated a design without typical stress points on both the tool and the bag. Fewer stress points mean fewer future failure points making this a tool designed for a long production life and longer bag life to assure proper delivery of contained product to customers. This results in a reliable material handling system that assures end user satisfaction."

The robot picks up the bag, rotates the EOAT gripper to the right position to place the bag on a pallet, and repeats this function until the first row on the pallet is loaded. This action is repeated, placing bags on top of each other to the required levels. Added Petz, "This tool was easily integrated with the robot and performs flawlessly. Designing custom tools that are long lasting and able to handle heavy and bulky parts in a repeatable fashion is a SAS specialty."

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