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Vacuum ejector piINLINE® for plastics and metal industries

For the plastics and metals industries, piINLINE™ boosts productivity, cuts energy costs and improves the environment

Date 01/04/2010

piINLINE™ is Piab’s new range of inline vacuum ejectors based on COAX® technology. The products are well suited for automated suction-cup handling of plastic and metal products, and for pick-and-place operations in the robotics industry, where the models’ deep final vacuum of 95 % is a major benefit.

“These industries often have to deal with items that are difficult to handle. With our ejectors, they can be gripped with small vacuum and suction cups instead of using other techniques, such as pneumatic grippers, which are much more expensive,” says Jan Schieche, Global Product Manager Pump & Accessories.

Another important benefit is that piINLINE™ is a more eco-friendly solution than single-stage ejectors.

The smallest model, the Micro, uses on average 50 % less energy than comparable products, which means significantly less energy consumption and lower carbon emissions. Sound levels are also lower, which creates a better working environment.

piINLINE™ comes in three sizes: Midi, Mini and Micro. Each size is available with a choice of three options to enable optimized performance and capacity for the specific application.

  • Xi – Best vacuum flow and efficiency at deep vacuum levels, final vacuum level at approximately 95 %. Works best with smooth materials such as glass and plastic and is especially useful in the metals and plastics industries where components are difficult to pick up. Items can be gripped with small suction cups moving over the surface, thus avoiding more expensive lifting techniques.
  • Si – Large flows at low and medium vacuum levels. Recommended for applications where leakage is a significant factor, such as in the packaging industry, and where ejectors are required with large flows to enable reliable gripping, lifting and moving.
  • Pi (or Bi in smallest models) – Low feed pressure of 0.18–0.3 MPa and suitable for factories in industries with relatively low or fluctuating air pressure. There may be other pneumatic components in the machines that are sensitive to high pressure.

The product range is designed so that end-users in factories can easily replace single-stage inline ejectors. Prices have been deliberately set to provide a competitive and attractive alternative.

Under normal use, the medium model in the piINLINE™ range, the Mini, will pay for itself after just three months, thanks to its low energy costs, while the payback time for other models should be less than six months.

“piINLINE™ can be likened to the new energy-efficient light bulbs: a vacuum ejector that has greater power while using less energy,” says Jan Schieche, Global Product Manager Pump & Accessories.

The product range will be launched on 1 April and will be available at all of Piab’s central warehouses in North America, Asia and Europe.

About Piab

Established in 1951, Piab designs innovative vacuum solutions that improve the energy-efficiency, productivity, and working environments of vacuum users around the world. As a reliable partner to many of the world’s largest manufacturers, Piab develops and manufactures a complete line of vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors and suction cups for a variety of automated material handling and factory automation processes. Piab utilizes COAX®, a completely new dimension in vacuum technology, in many of its original products and solutions. COAX® cartridges are smaller, more energy efficient and more reliable than conventional ejectors, and can be integrated directly into machinery. This allows for the design of a flexible, modular vacuum system. Piab is a worldwide organization with subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden.

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