The lifter shown below looks like a traditional lifter at first glance, but upon second glance contains a small custom piece. Typically our smooth Core Probes do not have a stopper / retainer pin. You normally only see this feature on one of our Wheeled Core Probe end effectors. The Wheeled Core Probes are used when a heavy roll needs to be transported (without rotation) but the weight requires the roller bars to aid in pushing the lifter on and off of the probe. These lifters use a retailer pin to prevent the roll from sliding off of the probe before it has reached its destination.
This particular project did not require a Wheeled Core Probe due to the roll weight but did require a retainer pin. The customer intended to use this lifter to pick up and lift rolls from shelves at a high elevation. Due to the high elevation the customer could not manually insert the retainer pin so a workaround had to be created. In this instance, the RonI Engineers created a knob at the end of the probe that would move up to secure the roll and down to release the roll (all controlled by the touch on a button on the back of the control panel).
The proposed lifter is offered with a 26” core probe end-effector used to handle rolls 8-22” x 3” core x 12-24” width with a maximum weight of 150-lbs. The end-effector would be used to pick up rolls in the horizontal position and then deposit them horizontally. The height for drop offs are 96” from the floor.
Check out the photos below, as well as, this video for more details: