DE-STA-CO expands Accelerate Collection
DE-STA-CO has added more than 150 parts to its Accelerate Collection of lightweight tooling.
The collection, introduced in 2013, was expanded in response to customer requests for additional options to increase automated press room stamping line speed. Accelerate is the world’s lightest standard line of end effectors.
New Accelerate Collection elements include:
- Crossbar and tri-axis transfer press components.
- Clamp blocks, T-clamps and parallel clamps.
- Sheet metal gripper mounting brackets.
- Sensor-mounting components.
“Many of our customers who purchased Accelerate Collection end effectors over the last year were so happy with the improved productivity of their Accelerate-equipped lines that they asked us to develop additional sizes so they could install Accelerate components on more robots and transfer presses,” explains Rob Pitera, DE-STA-CO global product director for end effectors. “We were happy to oblige.”
The Accelerate Collection was developed to help customers increase production speeds. The end effectors in the Accelerate Collection are up to 50 percent lighter than others, which makes it possible for lines to move more quickly without putting undue stress on automation equipment. Accelerate end effectors can provide production line speed gains of up to 30 percent.
Since workers manually change tooling on many automated lines, Accelerate end effectors’ lighter weight also improves ergonomics, resulting in higher worker safety ratings.
The Accelerate Collection consists of a wide range of sleek, modular aluminum components that can be assembled into custom end effectors for most press room applications. Although Accelerate components are lighter than others, they are sized to global standards, making them compatible with existing equipment around the world, regardless of brand.