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Electric drives and vacuum technology combine to shift the sheets

Electric drives and vacuum technology combine to shift the sheets

Wednesday 9th November 2011

Although Thorite is the UK's biggest pneumatic products distributor, the company's expertise is not confined to simply delivering boxes.  System design, using any number of power sources including electrics, vacuum, hydraulics or pneumatics is a Thorite speciality, thanks to the skills of an ultra-experienced team of in-house engineering staff.

A recent example is the assistance given to a major sheet metal fabrication machine builder, who needed a cost effective method of precisely picking and placing sheet metal panels so they could be accurately formed into cable trays.

Thorite's engineers spent time at the customer's premises assessing the process and proposed a solution which combined fast-acting Festo electric drive actuators with the strength and precision-placing qualities of Piab vacuum units.

Now the required technology has been successfully trialled and installed, resulting in a sheet metal handling solution that is almost balletic in its operation - and can be seen in action on a Thorite YouTube video clip which can be accessed at

Speaking of this installation Ross Gowler, Thorite's Marketing and Engineering Services Director said: "Every processing, packaging or handling problem can be overcome by utilising the best products to provide the solution.  The key to our success is a combination of outstanding staff knowledge and the performance of the units we can supply, with the sheet metal handling solution being an excellent example of this formula in practical action."

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