Bimba launches pneumatic gripper for high-force applications

Bimba launches pneumatic gripper for high-force applications

BPGS shovel-jaw configuration. Source: Bimba

Bimba Manufacturing Co. today announced the expansion of its angular and parallel gripper portfolio with the new Bimba Pneumatic Gripper System. The University Park, Ill.-based company said its system offers a cam-activated, high gripping force solution for handling large and heavy objects in the most demanding environments.

Key features of the Bimba Pneumatic Gripper System (BPGS) include:

  • Gripping forces up to 450 lb. at 80 PSI
  • Rapid actuation time with a 0.05 second close, 0.09 second open, at 425 cycles per minute
  • Interchangeable pads for maximum material application flexibility
  • A compact size to fit into tight work envelopes in a variety of applications

The BPGS has a long-lasting, hardened steel chassis. This enables it to withstand hard impacts for maximum component longevity. The gripper will lock in a closed position for safety and is easily repairable by using a single wrench, reducing operational downtime and cost.

Users can configure the BPGS to meet specific application needs due to the vast array of jaws and pads available, including angular, regular, chisel, flange, and shovel. The BPGS is ideal for a wide variety of industries including automotive, sheet metal fabrication, thermoforming; and more.

Bimba added that its gripper can help reduce operational downtime because of its steel chassis and simple reparability.

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About Bimba

Bimba is part of IMI Precision Engineering. Bimba said it is a forward-thinking innovator providing industry-leading pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and vacuum motion solutions that are easy to use, reliable, and ready for all engineering solutions.

Bimba markets an extensive line of industry-leading products including pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators; valves; fittings; vacuum products; air preparation and a variety of safety and production solutions.

In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, the company’s business develops many custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries.

IMI Precision Engineering is a world leader in motion- and fluid-control technologies. IMI Precision Engineering said its reputation rests on a world-class portfolio of high-performance products, the innovation and technical expertise of its 6000 people, and an ability to deliver exceptional local service.

A division of the £1.75 billion ($2.23 billion U.S.) turnover engineering group IMI PLC, IMI Precision Engineering has a sales and service network in 75 countries. It has technical centers in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., and China and manufacturing facilities around the world.