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FIPA Customised insert grippers

FIPA Customised insert grippers

FIPA - Insert Grippers for injection moulded partsFIPA Press Release

August 2012

FIPA presents:
Customised insert-grippers - even from batch size 1
Handles work pieces securely with swift clock cycles

Individual design, compact structure and simple gripper integration:
FIPA GmbH ( has expanded its program to include a customised insert-gripper for handling inserts in plastic injection-moulded parts. FIPA offers a solution tailored to individual requirements, which is even economically feasible from batch size 1. The user can choose between vacuum- and air-powered grippers. FIPA insert-grippers are used in domains including automobile, pharmaceuticals and electronics.

FIPA insert-grippers are gripping devices used to handle inserts securely. These grippers are precisely tailored to the geometry of the material to be handled and guarantee optimal process security, even with high cycle times. Both vacuum- and air-powered versions are available, adapted to the respective application. This means, for example, nuts or threaded connections can be securely gripped on the face
side using a vacuum, where the use of an internal/external gripper would not be possible. Here, the suction surface corresponds to the negative profile of the work piece. On the other side, the air-powered gripper can, for example, securely grip threaded bushings from inside and insert into an injection-moulded tool.

Available housing materials include either a high-strength aluminium alloy or a polyamidebased
high-performance plastic. These plastics are designed to be safe for foodstuffs, very light and thus ideal for high dynamics. A further boost is the fact that media ducts for compressed air or vacuum can be integrated into the gripper, which helps minimize the hose connection effort and space requirements. An innovative manufacturing method means this gripper can be manufactured cost-effectively, even from batch size 1.

FIPA insert-gripper at a glance:

> Precise adjustment to component geometry: Secure handling with high cycle times.
> Freely selectable media: Highly flexible applications, with air-powered or vacuum control as desired.
> Flexible material selection: High-strength aluminium alloy or high-performance plastic designed for use    with foodstuffs.
> Easy integration into gripper systems: The insert-grippers are compatible with the FIPA modular system    and also compatible with third party systems.
> Economic production: Even from batch size 1, can be deployed swiftly and efficiently.
> Quick exchange: With quick-action couplings, gripper heads can be replaced without having to dismantle    the entire gripper system.

Competent solution supplier for the material flow
Leveraging its many years of experience, FIPA also plans and builds complete gripper systems.
All from a single source and based on the principle of the modular gripper kit, which allows
individual solutions. Naturally, the new customised gripper tools can also be integrated into
existing gripper constructions.


Sabine Miller
Freisinger Straße 30
85737 Ismaning / Germany
Tel. 0049 (0) 89/96 24 89-41
Fax 0049 (0) 89/96 24 89-11
FIPA is an international company, operating in the fields of Vacuum Technology and End-of-Arm-Tooling. We specialise in developing and marketing quality products and innovative solutions for all aspects of material flow systems. FIPA's headquarter is based in Ismaning near Munich/Germany since 1985 and is characterised by sustained growth. Current and comprehensive information at



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