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Lifting solutions at distribution centers

Logistics, distribution and order fulfillment


The main areas in a logistics, distribution or order fulfillment center are the inbound and outbound docks as well as the storage and picking areas. Manual handling is common in these areas and to optimize the operation, the operational set up is crucial.

With no lifting aid, manual handling most often cause problems, such as strain injuries, due to bad postures and repetitive manual lifting.


To solve these problems Piab offers Vaculex® ergonomic lifting solutions where lifting is needed in the distribution center. In addition to the reduction of work-related injuries, Vaculex® solutions also improves productivity, reduces sick leave costs and creates user happiness.

Examples where Vaculex® product range offers solutions in the logistics, distribution and order fulfilment centers:


Cartoners (carton erectors) are designed to construct cartons and containers from flat blanks made of flexible paper board or similar materials.

Case & tray
Case & tray

Case erectors erect boxes from flat sheets of corrugated material.

Handling of flexible packages
Handling of flexible packages

Flexible packaging material is the generic term for soft packages made of film, foil or paper sheeting. Popular forms are stand-up pouches, bags, sachets and envelopes.


Two fairly common methods of applying labels with vacuum are tamp-on labeling and blow-on labeling.

Palletizing & depalletizing

There is a wide selection of products that is used very much today when palletizing e.g. suction cups, large area vacuum gripper systems, or ergonomic handling systems in combination with vacuum pumps…


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.

Lifting at order picking in picking areas
Order picking and order fulfilment

Piab offers Vaculex® specialized vacuum lifting solutions to ergonomically handle light, heavy, large and small parcels in picking areas.

Palletizing boxes and parcels
Palletizing and depalletizing

Piab has developed Vaculex® specialized lifting solutions for palletizing which reduce repetitive strain injuries as well as improving productivity.

Ergonomic lifter
Ergonomic lifter

Reducing injury and increasing productivity are often accomplished with the aid of ergonomic lifting devices.

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