Schunk debuts PGN-Plus-E, PGN-Plus-P grippers
September 7, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Sept. 7, 2016 – Schunk says it has introduced several improvements on the original PGN-Plus with the release of its new PGN-Plus-E and PGN-Plus P grippers.
Describing the PGN-plus-E as the world’s first digitally controlled mechatronic gripper, Schunk says the unit is “perfect” for industrial environments. It boasts improved multi-tooth guidance for higher moment capacity, a continuous lubrication pocket in the guide contour, and wedge-hook kinematics with a high surface coverage in all stroke positions. The gripper is powered by a brushless DC servo motor. Meanwhile, the PGN-Plus-P boasts an enlarged drive piston area which increases grip force so that higher workpiece weights can be handled, says the company. In addition to the larger piston, the wedge drive mechanism has been redesigned for lower friction and greater surface area to transmit more energy to the jaws creating “even more grip force than previous generations.”