American Grippers Inc. of Trumbull, CT recently donated an innovative pneumatic gripper to Corey Stevens of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA). The AGI component – an actuator capable of gripping and rotating a part with ease and reliability – is as integral part of his Major Qualifying Project (MQP) – a Capstone requirement for degree completion in Robotics Engineering at WPI. Criteria for the MQP requires that Corey approach a current industry problem or difficulty in the field of Industrial Robotics and produce a viable solution to demonstrate his ability to engineer an automated system. He decided to address parts tending and loading for a Haas machine center by use of a Robotic Manipulator.
In his search for an appropriate component, Corey chose AGI because of their superior quality and design which “represent the best in American-made robotics currently available on the market.” Corey designed his project to use AGI’s AGM-2 Model Pneumatic Gripper – a multi-motion actuator that provides linear and rotary motion from one unit. With internal porting that prevents airlines from twisting, snagging, and breaking outside the unit, it yields a versatile automation module for part pick and place applications.
WPI is among the top ranking engineering schools in the U.S. and has proved to be at the forefront of Industrial Robotics technologies. According to WPI Professor Michael A. Gennert, Director of Robotics, “[WPI] is the first [in the country] to offer Bachelor’s, MS, and PhD degrees in Robotics Engineering.” This forward thinking approach is indicative of “WPI’s commitment to providing hands-on, practical education to tomorrow’s Robotics Engineers.” AGI, having donated essential components to this project, has shown the same commitment to innovation and development in Robotic s Engineering.
Pete Farkas, President of AGI American Grippers Inc., says AGI “is proud to participate in collaborative opportunities” particularly when they “have potential to lead to innovation and the advancement of robotics technologies.” According to Mr. Farkas, AGI looks for partnership opportunities that promote “advancing tomorrow’s leaders in robotics and manufacturing.” Corey’s Project and ones like it are necessary to increasing manufacturing capabilities in the US. By employing robotics automation solutions, a manufacturer can improve cycle times and safety while increasing the pace of production. AGI will continue to support these forward thinking solutions to engineering challenges.
AGI designs and manufactures Pneumatic Automation equipment such as grippers, rotaries and linear actuators and is proud to deliver products that allow sophisticated users of end-of-arm-tooling technologies the ability to maximize production and minimize cost. The innovative products of AGI are used for a host of manufacturing processes, including but not limited to: Assembly, Pick and Place, Packaging, Loading & Unloading, and Part Transfer. AGI’s solutions offer flexibility of design and, available in imperial and metric versions, accommodate use in the world-wide market. The automation components produced by AGI American Grippers Inc. are trusted by manufacturing facilities worldwide.