Festo Tackles Limited Space with Flat Parallel Gripper

Festo Inc. has introduced the HPPF flat gripper that delivers a large stroke of up to 80mm with a gripping force of up to 377N at an attractive price.

HPPF flat gripper

From recently completed production lines, Festo has developed the HPPF, an innovative flat parallel gripper with a height ranging from 19 to 41mm among its four sizes: 8, 12, 16, and 20. The stroke ranges from a narrow 8mm to a wide 80mm. Meanwhile, the gripping forces span from 60 to 377N. Moreover, the HPPF flat parallel grippers are ideal in space-constrained applications for small parts and electronics assembly, including batteries due to low copper, zinc, and nickel content – less than 1%. Thanks to manufacturing innovations, the company was able to tag attractive pricing.

The new tool employs a twin-piston rack and pinion motion and ball bearing guides. Specifically, these parts give the units high accuracy of ≤ 0.03mm to ≤ 0.06mm and maintenance-free long-service life. Twin pistons provide these compact units with a high grip force. Moreover, units are symmetrical for flexibility in mounting. Both sides feature a C-slot for sensors.

Machine builders can adjust the stroke. Also, an elastic cushioning option is available. Additionally, the weight is exceptionally low – ideal for today’s smaller footprint of more sustainable machines. Specifically, these tools weigh 68g for the smallest unit and up to 1,326g for the largest.