Work Assist Tooling Solutions

Work assist tools facilitate safe and efficient product handling across numerous industries in applications that require the movement of products or media. At Mechanical Research & Design, our work assist products use Sealfast® Inflatable or Mechanical seals as well as engineered mechanical gripping components to simplify operations and provide maximum control for gripping, picking, handling, and supporting tasks.

Work assist tools drastically enhance the efficiency of assembly and manufacturing operations. Our work assist tooling supports a broad range of processes, such as:

  • Transitioning chemicals or powders into containers
  • The movement and lifting of products
  • Assisting nearly every manufacturing process

Most work assist tooling can be adapted to industrial automated equipment or retrofitted for manual hand-held use.

Types of Work Assist Tooling

Mechanical Research & Design offers four types of work assist tooling: work positioning tools, lifting and pulling tools, isolation and support tooling, and packing and filling solutions.

Work Positioning Tools

Work positioning tools feature Sealfast® inflatable seals which enable quick and repetitive supporting, gripping, and movement operations. Users may configure tools to be used manually, which is ideal for lifting delicate small parts up to parts weighing several tons.

Lifting and Pulling Tools

Our lifting and pulling tools enable semi-automated, fast-acting, controlled lifting of objects which are heavy and very hard to connect. These tools use redundant mechanical grippers or Sealfast® inflatable seal stacks to safely latch on to lifting surfaces. Products were engineered and used with a lift capacity of several pounds to dozens of tons.

Isolation and Support Tooling

Isolation and support tooling are normally used to control the shape of a product and prevent foreign materials or process fluids on manufacturing production parts. These highly customizable tools work with a vast array of products sizes, adapting to nearly every product shape, ensuring that users don’t need to invest in large amounts of tooling. They are available in manual and automated configurations.

Packing and Filling Solutions

Filling and packing solutions allow for the safe, controlled distribution of many types of media in or out of long-term packaging. Our flexible products are suitable for integration into any nearly automated or manual process line. They come in single and multi-seal variations, and the tools simultaneously provide sealing function and holding support.

A wide range of industries use our work assist tooling solutions, such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical processing
  • Food handling
  • General industrial manufacturing
  • Industrial automation robotic end effectors
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Offshore oil & gas pipe and casing transport

Inflatable and Mechanical Tool Experts

Mechanical Research was founded as an application-oriented, customer-driven firm, and we have been laying the groundwork for our success since our inception. Thanks to our forward-thinking production and design staff and advanced processes and equipment we possess the capability to customize tooling for any unique situation. The products we develop revolutionize ergonomics in manufacturing and warehouse environments by providing a safe way to complete work and perform repetitive daily tasks. We offer a comprehensive range of work tooling solutions ranging from simple to complex. Our work assist products support a variety of applications, including:

  • Casing lifting
  • Centerless grinding
  • Fluid transport into and out of containers, tanks, etc.
  • Industrial automation lifting
  • Motor stator lifting
  • Delicate parts and non-marking product handling
  • Moving and lifting pipes, tubulars, or irregularly shaped parts
  • Offshore piping
  • Powder and fluid packaging
  • Radioactive component and fuel rod handling
  • Warhead handling and de-commissioning

Work Assist Tooling from Mechanical Research & Design

Mechanical Research & Design offers industrial work assist tooling solutions to meet all your needs. Our mechanical and inflatable solutions provide maximum grip strength without any detriment to parts as they safely and repetitively handle even the most demanding jobs. We will also work with you to design custom tools for atypical and unique applications. For more information on what we can do for you, please request your quote.

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