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New Gripper Design Key to AM Graphics NP200

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New Gripper Design Key to AM Graphics NP200

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AM Graphics' first single press gripper has been designated for low maintenance, the Dayton, Ohio-based firm says.

The new gripper and a containerized loading and storage unit are two key features of the NP200 Press Gripper Conveyor AM Graphics introduced at ANPA/TEC 92.

Made almost entirely of high-density plastic, the gripper and chain design use sealed precision bearings that require no maintenance or lubrication.

In addition, the gripper is center-mounted, which AM says will provide both better product balance and less gripper wear.

"We hope to get maintenance costs, if not to zero, certainly to a much lower level," said AM Graphics Europe regional sales manager David W. Hayter.

An electronic infrared scanner tracks the edge of each product at the pickup station for dumping.

Control has been computerized with a touch-screen automated make-read that allows multiple configurations of inserts to be set up from a single terminal either before or during a run.

The NP200 has a multiple drop capability.

The control panel also provides performance monitoring, management reporting, and diagnostic functions. …

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