Handling Devices and End Effectors

An end effector or handling device is a mechanical or powered device suspended from an overhead hoist, balancer, or other lifting device designed to handle a particular object. Custom end effectors and handling devices add value to standard overhead cranes. Integrating a lifting device with an end effector uniquely tailored to the end user's process can greatly increase productivity and reduce operator exposure to injury within a work cell. End effectors are designed to interface the object in a particular way and change the orientation of the object for machine load/unload, palletizing, etc.

The variety and design and styles of handling devices are unlimited. The part interface can be mechanical, vacuum, OD/ID clamp, or magnetic. Integration of all operator controls into a single point-of-use control station provides safe, seamless operation.