Piab is stepping up automation in the food industry, introducing a new vacuum-driven soft gripper

Piab is proud to introduce the new soft gripping tool piSOFTGRIP®, developed especially with food industry automation in mind. The vacuum-based soft gripper will grip sensitive and lightweight objects of odd geometries and/or an unusual surface. Bin-picking of small irregularly shaped objects, such as toys, is another potential application.

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First of its kind!

Made in detectable silicone approved for direct contact with food, in accordance with FDA 21 CFR and EU 1935/2004 regulations, the piSOFTGRIP® vacuum gripper is the first of its kind.



Great gripping solution for sensitive and delicate objects

The gripping force can easily be controlled by simply adjusting the vacuum level. The soft gripper can grip objects with a diameter of up to 50mm [1.97”]. Larger models will be introduced at a later stage.

Easy to use and control

The soft gripping vacuum tool is as easy to control and install as a suction cup, and it uses the same fittings as Piab’s popular piGRIP® suction cups. An optional stainless-steel fitting offers wash-down provision to assist cleaning.

  • Vacuum driven soft gripper with simple and robust design
  • Cost effective solution for sensitive and delicate objects
  • Intuitive and user-friendly design
  • As easy to control and install as a suction cup
  • Material is food compliant and detectable
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Stepping up food industry automation — safely, softly, simply

The latest trend in the food industry is a move towards the automation of direct food handling. Automated food handling is associated with stringent regulations, and when it is unprotected food products and/or raw materials that are being handled in automated systems, the challenges are even greater.

So, what do food manufacturers need to keep in mind when investing in new equipment for automated food handling, especially if what they want to handle is fragile and unprotected? We have put together a handy checklist.

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