Ergonomic Manipulator handles up to 880 lb.

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Designed to precisely balance heavy loads, pneumatically powered Famatec Friendly Manipulator enables operator to effortlessly suspend, rotate, tilt, and transfer products, eliminating back strain and repetitive motion injury. Three models are available with load capacities of 330, 550, and 880 lb, and working radius of 20 ft. Suspended product can be rotated ±90° under power, or rotated continuously by hand, with powered tilting range of 0-93°.



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New Ergonomic Manipulator Gives Operator "Bionic Strength" for Stress-Free Maneuvering and Orienting of Heavy Loads



Handles up to 880 pounds, almost any object or flat material, smooth or rough, from metal plate to drums. Fully counterbalanced load eliminates back strain and repetitive motion injury.

The pneumatically powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator precisely counterbalances heavy loads to allow an operator to effortlessly suspend, rotate, tilt and transfer product with precision. Equipped with appropriate end-of-arm tooling, it is the ultimate "friend" for manipulating, transferring or installing product, from automotive assembly to pallet loading, for wheels, bags, dashboards and small engines or wood, glass plate and barrels. Three different models offer load capacities of 330, 550 and 880 pounds, with a working radius of 20 ft (6 m). Available exclusively from Haeco, the Friendly costs less than an average worker's compensation back-injury claim, according to the company.

The Friendly adapts to the operator's preferred working height and position, allowing loads to be smoothly and progressively positioned and placed during assembly, suspended for further processing, or simply transferred from one location to another. Once suspended, the product can be moved manually or under power. The simple, intuitive control console allows adjustment of the counterbalance force, rotation, tilt, braking and parking. Suspended product can be rotated ±90 degrees under power, or rotated continuously by hand, with a powered tilting range of 0-93 degrees. The console slides on the handle to adapt to the operator's preferred working height and position, nearer or farther from the product. Product release is safe - protected by a special safety device that supports the product until it reaches its destination.

The Friendly is available with a wide range of mounting options, including column, overhead, tracks, wheeled, or with a free standing, fork-truck transportable base.

Various other Famatec models adapt to any irregularly shaped product, such as racks, engine blocks, castings, drums, cores and rolls, using a wide range of available vacuum lifts, grippers and end-of-arm tooling. For more information on them, contact: Haeco, 6504 Snider Rd., Loveland, OH 45140. Tel: 513-722-1030. Fax 513-722-1032. Email: sales@haeco.com or visit: haeco.us/materialhandling

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