Industrial Manipulator Arm Retrofit New Life for an Old Manipulator


A 1980’s vintage glass handling manipulator had been taken off-line and out of service due to parts availability problems. The basic raise, lower and tilt functions were operational; however, the components for the vacuum based end-tooling were obsolete and unavailable.


The end-tooling and associated plumbing were removed and replaced with a new frame utilizing modern vacuum components. The tool was designed to utilize the existing mounting configuration and the pneumatics were adapted to be compatible with the existing (original) control system. The tooling also incorporated the ability to adjust the cup positioning/spacing – a feature not available with the original end tooling. In summary, for the price of what the customer was paying for replacement components, they received a complete new end-tool fixture utilizing modern (and lower cost) components.