Faculty Advisor

Norton, Robert L.

Project Center

Gillette-Boston, Massachusetts


The sponsoring company for this project has a cartridge transfer station which uses a gripper loading mechanism to transfer their finished products from the assembly conveyor into shipping containers. Currently, this gripping mechanism is actuated by physical contact with the product, causing undesired surface deformations and chipped product housings within the finished product. The project team developed and designed a new gripper loading mechanism, which utilizes a spring dampened toggle-linkage gripper to pick and place the product. This new linkage system is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder, a method currently being utilized by the sponsor. This new mechanism does not contact the product during its loading, completely eliminating physical deformations in the finished products.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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