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TigerStop Unveils Tiger Gripper; The Industry’s Most Flexible Gripper Providing Less Waste, Better Accuracy And Greater Access to The Vice Area and Demonstrates Automation Tools Designed Specifically For The Rigors Of Metal Environments at MetalCon 2011

TigerStop, the global leader in stop-gauge and pusher systems announces Tiger Gripper; a pneumatic gripper which holds a tube or pipe firmly at the foot of the positioner. It is uniquely designed to grab a product from the inside, offering a secure grip and providing less material waste. In addition to this add on feature, MetalCon attendees will receive demonstrations of TigerRack and TigerStop systems at booth 1930, in Atlanta, GA, 10/11/2011 through 10/13/2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Tiger Gripper Features and Benefits:

The newly designed Tiger Gripper allows positioning a part in the X, Y, and Z axis making it highly flexible to grip a wide variety of both round and rectangular tube profiles in addition to most custom extruded profiles. It is the only product available that can reach into the vice area.

  •     The universal design allows for easy use on either right or left handed feeding machines
  •     Extended jaws can be positioned in Y and Z axis
  •     Pneumatic operated gripper allows for adjustable gripping force up to 250 pounds or more than 1000 newton’s of gripping force
  •     Quick change Gripper jaws are replaceable and available in hardened tool steel,             brass, and non-marring materials
  •     Enhances accuracy and feed speed of parts both in push and pull operations
  •     Increases operator safety substantially, no need to place hands in work zone to stabilize material

The gripper can be combined with a flip away feature of the TigerRack, a Built Metal Tough™ rack and pinion positioning system to speed up the loading and unloading of material in line with the work flow. This allows the finished part or raw materials to pass under the gripper after or before processing. The TigerRack attaches to a cold saw, punch press, ironworker, or any machine needing linear positioning automation and is the latest addition to TigerStop’s Built Metal Tough™ line of products designed specifically for durability requirements of metalworking shops. The TigerRack can be used as an automatic pusher or as a material stop and maintains its speed and accuracy providing significant productivity gains. It is built to withstand rugged metalworking environments, is easy to use and offers the ability to download parts from design software, optimize a parts list, and operate via touch screen control.

“We surveyed our customers to gain insight into how we could design a more versatile metal gripping feature to enhance flexibility, offer greater accuracy, speed and direct access to the vice area to reduce material waste,” said Spencer Dick, president and founder, TigerStop. “We delivered on every front and believe the Tiger Gripper accessory will save our customers thousands of dollars on material waste, increase productivity and better work flow.”

TigerStop automatic stop/gauge and pusher systems are an ideal addition to new or existing machines in a metalworking shop or plant. They can be used as an automated stop, or to push or pull r material to an exact position with the touch of a button. All TigerStop products are easy to use including their optimization and downloading software packages.

Visit us at METALCON in booth #1930 to experience first-hand how to automate machine tools with the simple touch of a TigerStop button. If you are with the media and would like to schedule a demonstration and interview, please contact Linda Ferguson, public relations counsel, lcourtneyferguson(at)comcast(dot)net or 503-869-5827.

For more TigerStop information now visit http://www.tigerstop.com or call (360) 254-0661.

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