Part Manipulators for Metalcasting Facilities
July 1, 2014
Pneumatic 3-D part manipulators from TDA Buddy Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich., are designed and manufactured to grip castings up to 400 lbs. (181.4 kg).
The manipulators can roll, pitch or yaw a component, hold it rigid and then place it accurately for the next operation. The TDA Buddy machines also feature neutral balance technology that allows heavy parts to be freely moved. TDA Buddy pneumatic manipulators are available with various grippers to lift castings with a wide range of designs. Custom tooling is available, including vacuum, mechanical and pneumatically actuated grippers. The manipulators feature a 10-ft. reach radius, a vertical travel of 64 in. and rotation up to 360 degrees. Mounting options include fixed floor, fixed overhead, overhead rail, press face and portable base plate (for forklift repositioning).