Gripper End Effector to Build Water Pumps

Gripper End Effector to Build Water Pumps

This company assembles CAT water pumps for CAT themselves. They required a gripper end effector in order to make production more efficient.

This company assembles CAT water pumps for CAT themselves. Creating a water pump is an intensive process that within the beginning stages of the production line starts with a raw casting being placed on the line from a skid. Once the bearing is in place one side of the casting is flipped in order to allow for the bearing to be pressed into the other side. Finally when the water pump is fully assembled it is gripped, and lifted off of the assembly line for the final time.

Because of the many motions that the water pump goes through in order to create the water pump they required that this gripper end effector be able to grip, lift, flip and release the water pump as it is being assembled throughout the different stages of it being created.