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Pronal palletisers optimise productivity

Supplier: Air Springs Supply
08 November, 2012

Pronal palletising grippers from Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd are engineered for high reliability and grip when dealing with a wide variety of bottled food and beverages.

The tough but highly flexible Pronal MC and ML grippers are made from hot vulcanised elastomer-coated fabrics engineered in France, where they were designed for the glass industry to optimise productivity by providing a secure method of gripping bottles for palletising and de-palletising.

The grippers are typically used in multiple banks of gripping lengths configured to user requirements. Available in standard sizes of 1230mm and 1460mm, special lengths are available on request as part of Pronal's expanding range, for which pneumatic actuation and isolation specialist Air Springs Supply is national distributor.

"Pronal grippers' strength and tenacity is combined with a soft touch to accommodate minor variations in bottle positioning during rapid movement, enhancing their use in modern high speed production lines, "says Air Springs Supply National Sales and Marketing Manager Mr James Maslin. This makes the grippers highly compatible with rapid automated bottling and packaging systems.

In addition to the highly versatile standard range of grippers, special models have been created for complex situations, including:

  • Bottles or flasks of complex shapes, which can be palletised with Pronal's short neck models (MCC or MLC)
  • Grippers with a second in/outlet. A second inflation point can be added to your requirements upon request.
  • A half-inflatable range, which has been specially adapted to the latest generation of bottles and bottle shapes.

Pronal palletising grippers complement Firestone AirPicker® and AirGripper® end-effectors, also available from Air Springs Supply for high-speed bottling, packaging and palletising. These precision-engineered product handling devices incorporate neoprene bladders which inflate gently and evenly to manipulate delicate products or containers as light as 20g or as heavy as up to 20kg. AirPickers work by being inserted into products while deflated, then inflated outwardly and evenly to hold onto the product's interior walls. AirGrippers surround a product with a collar from which a rubber sleeve is inflated inwardly to grip the product's exterior.

Information about Pronal Palletising Grippers and AirPicker and AirGripper ranges and about expanding range of Pronal products can also be obtained through the website of Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd, which is one of Australia's most comprehensive guides to pneumatic actuation, isolation and suspension.