A broad program of suction cups to pick directly on different food objects. The material is approved by FDA (FDA 21 CFR 177.2600) and meets EU's regulation EU 1935/2004. All cups are blue and detectable, so small parts of cups that might come loose will be easily discovered by vision cameras and metal detectors. Fittings for cups are also metal detectable and available in acid proof stainless steel (316L) or Food-grade plastic material. Cups and fittings all have a hygienic design in accordance with food standards making them easy to clean. The cups have a “funnel” shape design with very thin lips, but, with a more stable body/bellows. That will allow for excellent grip on food parts with irregular surfaces.
Auto tuning is an example of decentralised decisions that form the basis for Industry 4.0. This is an area where Piab has been busy introducing new equipment features promoting smart production.
The ability to use accurate preset settings also provides opportunity for real-time adjustments of single or multiple settings without a major reset of the entire system.
Simulations are designed to increase the efficiency of, for instance, vacuum pumps. Estimates show that a pump that is 5 to 20 percent more efficient would result in a productivity gain of up to 10 percent.
Estimates suggest it will be possible to achieve a drop of between 1 and 20 percent in the amount of unplanned and/or planned stops. This would translate into a significant productivity boost.
The adoption of IO-Link is the key, as it guarantees interoperability between different devices, regardless of the technology standard used in the overall system.
IO-Link provides a platform for integrated communication and sensors, enabling successful information transparency. Hence, making equipment available with IO-Link can be viewed as a commitment to both interoperability and information transparency.
For large vacuum systems, there are features which can help reduce the air consumption by up to 90 percent in every cycle.
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