Ergonomic O-Ring Installation Devices Save Companies Money
AGI, a leading provider of sophisticated pneumatic devices, releases new tools that automate the installation of O-Rings. Used in many products, including tractors, valves, and home appliances, O-Rings are integral to the manufacturing of devices in innumerable industries. Two different devices are now offered to allow the positioning and sealing of O-rings of a variety of sizes. The technology can be employed in partially-automate single-station hand assists and fully-automated assembly lines, and can be implemented in a wide range of manufacturing industries.
Specialists in ergonomics have long agreed that continued and repeated stress to joints and tendons result in a range of ailments, including tendonitis, arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome. Workers experiencing these injuries experience medical and financial setbacks, but they are not alone in their suffering.
Manufacturing firms are affected by soaring medical costs and production losses as a result of the repeated-stress injuries endured by their employees. “One great advantage of implementing O-Ring Installation Assembly Tools” claims AGI President Peter Farkas, “is that workers place less stress on their hands.” He continues, “for years we have been aware of the advantages of using automated technologies, however, the full benefits of automation have not yet been realized as certain manual operations have proven difficult to eliminate until now. O-ring installation has been one of these.” For him and other innovators at AGI, it is exciting to be able to offer manufacturers new technologies at affordable prices.
AGI’s O-Ring-Assembly Tools come in two sizes: the AGP-6-OR (which has six jaws) and the AGP-8-OR (which has eight). These pneumatic grippers can accommodate placement applications from 3 to 12 inch I.D. Both are designed to facilitate part ejection and part seating and are perfect for installations where an ejector is needed after the part is positioned, or when a seal needs to be placed down a long shaft.
Independent piston technology and double-acting spreading jaws allow the pneumatic devices to place very little stress on the O-Rings. The O-Rings, as a result of the octagon–shape they take on, undergo significantly less deformation than they would if applied through alternative means of assembly. Additionally, because the stokes are adjustable to precise measurements, there is little risk of over-expansion.
About AGI: AGI supplies a complete range of sophisticated automation products that include parallel grippers, rotary actuators, thrusters, linear actuator slides, mini slides, tool changers, and overload devices. All products are available in imperial and metric versions for flexibility of design for a world market.
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