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Gripping, lifting & holding

Destacking layers of sheet
Destacking layers of sheets

Blank Destacker has been developed specifically for feeding sheet blanks into fully automatic lines. Blanks of metal (magnetic or non-magnetic), plastic, wood or cardboard are separated from a stac…

Tailored blanks of sheet
Tailored blanks of sheet

Joining metal materials of different thickness, strength or coating type produce a 'tailored blank' ready for stamping. Tailored blanks are of prime importance when reducing weight and raw material…

Metal stamping and press transfer
Metal stamping and press transfer

Sheet metal is moved through a series of presses and formed into a panel. Slippery panels due to oil, narrow areas to grip and high speed in the press makes the selection of cups crucial. Vacuum...…

Metal stamping/parts assembly
Metal stamping/parts assembly

Assembly process for stamped parts. Robots are used for welding parts together and for material handling. In a robot cell at least a few robots use vacuum in handling operations. The metal sheets a…

Metal body assembly
Metal body assembly

In the body assembly robots are used for welding and also for material handling. In a robot assembly cell, where for instance car doors are produced, at least a few robots use vacuum in handling...…

Glass forming and transfer
Glass forming and transfer

Glass is manufactured in large slabs or sheets. It is cut and fed through ovens where it is formed into functional pieces. Robots and transfer stations handle the glass in sheet form, in a similar.…

Glass/solar panel handling
Glass/solar panel handling

Solar glass and modules are handled and fixed by vacuum during the entire manufacturing process. The thin, fragile and surface sensitive object is handled under high accelerations and short cycle..…

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Auto racking

To automatically rack stamped metal panels or other large parts. The panels are loaded into shipping racks for movement to next process in the line. The size and weight of the panels make it...

Injection moulding - remove parts from mold
Injection moulding - remove parts from mold

After plastic parts have been formed in injection moulding machines, they are typically removed from the mould with the help of suction cups and vacuum pumps that are usually attached to a robot ar…

Woodworking and wood handling
Woodworking and wood handling

Vacuum is used to clamp and handle workpieces made of wood. Usually the application is characterized by a dusty environment, fast cycle times and a high degree of automation. The porosity and surfa…

Vacuum assembly fixture - clamping
Vacuum assembly fixture - clamping

In several industries there are clamping fixtures where suction cups are used to hold parts during assembly, forming, cutting or other machining operations. In many cases the cycle times are long a…

Vacuum holding for testing/measuring
Vacuum holding for testing/measuring

Vacuum is used in test equipment for printed circuit boards to press the board against the electrical test points. The vacuum creates an even pressure/force over the entire board. Vacuum and suctio…

Ergonomic lifter
Ergonomic lifter

Reducing injury and increasing productivity are often accomplished with the aid of ergonomic lifting devices. This type of equipment allows one or two operators to lift, move and manipulate large a…

Tire and rubber handling/forming
Tire and rubber handling/forming

Tire and rubber manufacturers use vacuum for material handling and forming applications. The process of molding tires includes a vacuum assist that helps rubber form inside a mold cavity. Tires and…

Labelling and decoration machines
Labelling and decoration machines

By using vacuum, labels can be applied to objects in high-speed labelling machines in a simple and efficient way, even on soft and uneven objects. Advantages with Piab Reduced energy consumption wi…

Robot pick-and-place
Robot pick-and-place

The use of robots for placing products in cartons and transfer of cartons and products between different stations in the packaging lines is very common in all industries. High speed pick-and-place.…

Automated pick-and-place
Automated pick-and-place

The use of specialized machines for high speed pick-and-place of small items with suction cups is very common in the electronics and consumer industries. This application is typically characterized…

Palletizing and depalletizing
Palletizing and depalletizing

Palletizing is the process of placing packages on a pallet alternatively removing them from a pallet (depalletizing). Palletizing machines use vacuum pumps, suction cups and other pneumatic...

Cartoning machines
Cartoning machines

Cartoning machines erect boxes from flat sheets of corrugated material. The erected boxes are then filled with products or individual cartons and are then prepared for the palletizing process. As..…

Rotary cartoners
Rotary cartoners

Rotary cartoner is one of the most popular types of cartoning machines. These machines use a series of vacuum bars equipped with suction cups that move in a continuous rotary motion. Rotary cartone…

Bag opening
Bag opening

Vacuum and suction cups are used to pick and open paper and plastic bags. Suction cups with stiffer bellows and a soft sealing lip are preferred in these quite often high-speed applications.  …

Seal machines (vertical form-fill-seal)
Seal machines (vertical form-fill-seal)

During the pouch/bag forming phase vacuum is often applied to transport belts that help provide a grip on both sides of the pouch/bag material. The vacuum belt moves the pouch material from a web..…

Vacuum belt conveyors
Vacuum belt conveyors

Vacuum belt conveyors consist of a perforated conveyor belt that is connected to a vacuum through grooves in the bed of the belt. It holds flat parts of almost any material to the belt by vacuum...…

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