Handling Specialty introduces the Smart Arm Manipulator

Wednesday March 01, 2017
Mar. 1, 2017 - Grimsby, Ont.-based Handling Specialty says its Smart Arm Manipulator (S.A.M) is a laser and camera-assisted motion control solution that enables lifting and repeatable positioning of a jet engine Bellmouth within a small envelope.

Utilizing a custom heavy-duty multi-axis manipulator arm, the unit is designed to grasp the Bellmouth with “robot-like precision” and then release once assembled to the jet engine. The S.A.M comes complete with supporting framework of the positioning arm for quick installation, a compact footprint and the ability to lift and hold large payloads, says Handling Specialty, adding that the software is set up to the user’s parameters, programmed with pre-defined movements at Handling’s test facility to ensure easy integration and seamless interface with the user’s equipment and controls. An operator monitors the positioning of the arm via an on-screen live feed camera display. The unit can be designed to lift other aero-engine components or developed to work in other industries, such as advanced manufacturing, where heavy-duty, robot-like movement and repeatability are required.

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