Gripper is utilized for moving the products up and down or to put things on a hold between the conveyers or at the finishing stage of the conveyer. Two sets of conveyers are attached in a gripper in order to transport products to higher or lower elevations while taking up minimal floor space. It holds the product in a firm but gentle manner before releasing it to another conveyor.
Advantages of Gripper Conveyors
- Saves floor space, reduces conveyance length and entails fewer transfers
- Creates cooling holding area at ceiling thus maximizing space utilization.
- Can be integrated with other devices e.g. blower and ink printing machine.
- Easy to install and compliments site arrangement layout.
Types of Gripper Conveyor
There are four major types of gripper conveyors presented to suit customer’s need.
Gripper Conveyor Functions
1. Product Elevation
Gripper conveyers picks up items from an in-feed conveyor, transports them to a higher or lower level elevation, and releases them for a discharge conveyor. The discharge end is utilized for placing the drives. Gripper conveyor is ideal for palletizing, filling, packing, buffering, blowing, etc.
2. Change Orientation
Gripper upended design alters the product placement by 90º. Gripper conveyer collect items from an in-feed conveyor, transports them to a higher or lower level elevation, and releases them for a discharge conveyor. The discharge end is utilized for placing the drives.
3. Product De-Puck
A basic de-pucking system could be realized by installing a short gripper conveyor on top of plain chain conveyor. The bottles that have been already filled are detached from puck when entering gripper conveyor and transferred to another conveyor for capping process while the puck is returned to the initial point in order to fill empty bottles.
4. Product Reverting
Lifts items from an in-feed conveyor, inverts product orientation, and releases them on to a discharge conveyor. The discharge end is utilized for placing the drives. Prior to entering filling machine, Product reverting conveyor is utilized for cleaning and drying.
5. Creating Passage Way
Lifts items from a horizontal in-feed conveyor, transports the product above a reasonable height at a short distance, then lowers and levels out to release them to a horizontal discharge conveyor, allowing enough access for the operator or fork lifter from each side.
6. Inverter Air Rinser
Lifts products from a horizontal in-feed conveyor, topples them at an angle of 180º, transports them through an air cleaning or air cleaning/ionizing sector (or any other category of specific process or equipment as defined by the customer), topples them back to their original angle and releases them to horizontal discharge conveyor.