Red Wing, Minn. (October 3, 2017) – Central Research Laboratories® (CRL), a DESTACO company and global leader in remote-handling automation solutions, announced today that it has launched its innovative VERSA® Telemanipulator, a breakthrough solution that can be customized for virtually any remote-handling application.

“The new VERSA Telemanipulator is leading-edge innovation with purpose,” stated CRL General Manager, Steve Williams. “Because of its infinite customizability, unparalleled versatility, precision and quality, we believe it will revolutionize remote-handling.”

Available sealed or unsealed, the new VERSA offers medium-duty (MD) and heavy-duty (HD) models with lifting capacities of 20 lbs. (9.0 kg) and 50 lbs. (22.7 kg), respectively. Its unique three-piece design provides for extensive customization, making it an ideal choice for remote-handling applications that need to meet critically specific service requirements.

“VERSA represents a whole new standard in operational efficiency and reliability,” DESTACO president, Byron J. Paul, explains. “CRL continues to push development boundaries with the VERSA Telemanipulator to help companies work smarter, faster, safer than ever before.”

Mr. Paul continued, “We conducted extensive research on operator challenges and needs, and the demand for improved ergonomics emerged as paramount. Our engineers have created a highly versatile system, customizable to any application.”

Unique design features of the VERSA include manual Command Arm Z Indexing for operator height adjustment, removable / changeable wrist joints, a remote-mounted drive system, and a versatile seal tube for interchangeable use with MD or HD models.

Another key design feature is the VR8 Handle System, conceived after an ergonomic assessment conducted by The Ohio State University, SRI•Ergonomics group. CRL utilized insights from the research to hone the VR8 Handle System design. The new VR8 Handle System offers virtually infinite handle adjustability as well as a pronounced heel to prevent slippage, longer handle length, and a quick-release clamp for fast, easy, and tool-free changeouts. The reshaped, user friendly tang/hilt, base and activation buttons make this one of the most innovative handles ever designed. To download a comprehensive White Paper on the development of the new VR8 Handle System design, click here.

For more information on the CRL VERSA Telemanipulator System and its extensive customization capability, please visit CRL's website.

About CRL

Headquartered in Red Wing, MN, Central Research Laboratories® (CRL) became a DESTACO company in 2007. It possesses more than 70 years of innovation experience in the development of remote handling systems, including Telemanipulators, Transfer Systems, Glove Ports and Waste Drum Transfer Systems. CRL solutions promote operator safety and efficiency when performing various tasks in nuclear and life sciences applications around the world. DESTACO, a Dover company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highperformance automation, workholding and remote-handling solutions. The company serves customers in a variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, aerospace, industrial and nuclear sectors.

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