Salzgitter has been granted a patent for a gripper designed for container transporters. The gripper includes arms, a controller, springs, and rollers that allow for equiangular and symmetric pivoting between open and closed positions. The innovative design ensures efficient and secure handling of containers during transportation. GlobalData’s report on Salzgitter gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Container gripper for equiangular and symmetric pivoting

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Salzgitter AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11866271B2) discloses an innovative gripper apparatus for a container-transport system. The apparatus comprises a gripper with a first pair of arms, a controller, a spring, and first and second rollers. The gripper arms are designed to pivot equiangularly and symmetrically between an opened and closed position, facilitated by the movement of the control rollers along inner control faces on the arms. The apparatus includes features such as roller axes, a common arm axis, and a tooth-free design, ensuring efficient and precise gripping of containers during transportation.

Furthermore, the patent also describes a method for operating the gripper apparatus, involving receiving a container between the arms, opening and closing the arms using controlled rotations to move the rollers along the faces, and utilizing the spring force to assist in the closing action. The method ensures a secure grip on the container while allowing for smooth and controlled movements of the gripper arms. The unique design and operational method outlined in the patent aim to enhance the efficiency and reliability of container handling in a transport system, offering a practical solution for industries requiring precise and automated container gripping mechanisms.

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