This section provides an overview for pneumatic balancers as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 10 pneumatic balancer manufacturers and their company rankings.
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A pneumatic balancer is a device for handling heavy objects by, assisting the operator in lifting, turning, and moving them. It is sometimes called a balancer or hand crane.
A pneumatic balancer is usually fixed to the floor or ceiling and does not operate unless external force is applied. When using a pneumatic balancer, the operator grips the handle and applies light force in the desired direction to move the pneumatic balancer within its range of motion.
Since the operator does not need much force to lift a heavy object, he can move it as if he were handling a lightweight object.
Pneumatic balancers are often used at work sites where handling heavy objects is difficult with large equipment such as cranes and inverters, or where automation with robot arms or other devices would be dangerous to workers.
They are used at sites with a lot of human traffic because they do not operate when no external force is applied and they do not perform active movements other than those intended by the worker.
There is also a type of pneumatic balancer that can be attached to a ceiling rail, which is useful for transporting heavy objects over long distances while they are being lifted.
Pneumatic balancers can be divided into three main categories: installation method, driving method, and degree of freedom.
Regarding installation methods, there are floor-mounted types, ceiling-fixed types, and types that are mounted on ceiling rails. The choice should be made in consideration of the installation range and the range of movement.
There are two types of drive methods: pneumatic and electric. The pneumatic type can be used simply by connecting high-pressure air, while the electric type has the advantages of support force settings and complex control. Both types are equipped with a function to hold a heavy object in the same position when the operator removes his/her hand from the supported object. There is also a drive method called hybrid baraman, which combines air and electricity.
There are both single-axis and dual-axis types, with the single-axis type simply rotating around the installation position, resulting in a doughnut-shaped movable area, while the dual-axis type can adjust its height by bending its arm, resulting in a circular movable area.
Also, various types of attachments are available for pneumatic balancers, such as those with vacuum suction, fork-shaped attachments, and those with a reversing mechanism.
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