GEP2000-B – new optimized e-gripper variant for small parts handling:
Models now available with free positioning capability and workpiece loss control
With the GEP2000 grippers, which were successfully launched on the market in 2017, the Zimmer Group launched an electrically driven small parts gripper series that was primarily designed for assembly tasks and the handling of small parts such as watch components or test tubes in laboratory automation. For these tasks, the series, which is available in four sizes, offers adjustable gripping forces between 80 and 500 Newtons and jaw strokes be-tween 6 and 16 mm. Recently, this proven series has been optimized with the conversion to -B and expanded to include the gripper variant -03.
Workpiece loss control and free positioning
Thus, in addition to the previous highlights of this series – the programmable 32 workpiece data sets, the part recognition (in the range of +/- 0.05mm) and the adjustable gripping force – two further important functions are added to the new GEP2000-B version. It now has free positioning capability, which allows the gripper to be pre-positioned. This allows the stroke to be flexibly adapted to the workpiece, which saves time in the process and pre-vents interfering contours. Another new feature is the workpiece loss control function. If a workpiece is lost due to external influences, the gripper now detects this and sends this information to the control system.
Ideal for use in the pharmaceutical & electronics industry
All grippers of the GEP2000 series are equipped with an integrated control and a mechanical self-locking device that prevents the loss of the workpiece in the event of a power failure and are available in three control variants: With IO-Link, with digital I/O and with digital I/O in combination with an analogue output for sensing the jaw positions. All GEP2000 grippers also have emergency unlocking and bidirectional data transmission as standard (IL version only). These above-mentioned features and a guaranteed 10 million cycles maintenance-free operation predestine the extremely flexible and fast GEP2000 grippers especially for use in the pharmaceutical, electronics and lightweight components sectors.