Manipulator has several safety features.

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Simple Air Manipulator Economy Series has lifting capacity of 725 lb and side-loading feature. End-of-arm rotating axis has 7,000 in.-lb of moment loading and can rotate 330° around arm. Unit has lubrication-free cylinders, drag brakes on three axes, leveling jacks and operates with 90 psi clean, dry air. Safety features include 3:1 design factor for all structural components and pilot operated lock valve on lift cylinder.

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Positech(TM) Introduces Simple Air Manipulator Economy Series(TM)

Laurens, Iowa, U.S.A. - Positech(TM) introduces the Simple Air Manipulator Economy Series (SAM ES). The SAM ES offers a smooth, responsive manipulator, with a lifting capacity of 725 pounds, and it is designed with affordability and quality in mind.

"The SAM ES manipulator is not built as robust as our SAM, but it still offers our customers a smooth and responsive quality manipulator," said Brett Stumbo, Sales/Marketing Manager for Positech." "Customers have a renewed interest in value due to the slow economy. Our economy line fits this need."

The SAM ES also has a side-loading feature that allows the operator to extend the tooling and payload well beyond the end-of-the arm while rotating 330 degrees around the arm. The end-of-arm rotating axis has 7,000 inch-pounds of end-of-arm moment loading. For personal adjustment, the SAM ES offers drag brakes on three axes while leveling jacks are provided for ease of installation and leveling.

The SAM ES is designed to be operated with 90-psi clean and dry air. Lubrication-free cylinders are used for cleaner operation.

The SAM ES has several safety features including a 3:1 design factor for all structural components and a pilot operated lock valve on its lift cylinder. A Gripper Safety Circuitry that prevents the part from dropping until it is supported is standard. A Lost Load Cylinder that prevents uncontrolled vertical movement of the manipulator arms is also standard.

Currently, the SAM ES400 model is offered, which provides reach up to 121 inches and lifting capacity up to 725 pounds. Positech will soon offer other SAM ES models.

For information on Positech's products and services, call 800-831-6026, visit the company's web site at, or ask your local distributor.

Positech, headquartered in Laurens, Iowa, designs, manufactures, tests and integrates ergonomically designed, operator-controlled material handling devices and tooling that lifts, rotates, turns, tilts, reaches and positions. This enables humans to accomplish more while minimizing physical stress and potential injury. Positech is a division of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Amherst, N.Y., a world leader in the manufacture of a wide variety of material handling products.

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