SCHUNK's newest 2-Finger Angular Gripper Type LMG 64 is made for the food-handling industry, and is the first manufacturer to offer a gripper in hygienic design as a standard product. Its stainless-steel housing resists corrosion and is easy to clean, with sealed mechanics and food industry standard-compliant lubricants. It has an operating pressure of between 4.5 to 6.5 bar, with a gripping force of 520N, and a 20-180-degree range on the fingers' opening angle. The grippers have a built-in spring to keep hold even with a loss of air pressure, and proximity switches in the housing can monitor the end position. The LMG can be built with customized fingers.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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