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Piab's suction cups for food applications

Picking the chocolate pralines one by one

Date 13/09/2016

13 new food contact approved suction cups allow for flexible and hygienic direct food picking.

Taby, Sweden – Piab is introducing a new series of food contact suction cups suitable for direct picking of everything from chocolate pralines to fish fingers. Comprising a total of 13 cups, the series is designed with funnel shaped bellows and very thin lips for excellent grip on irregular food surfaces. A stable body and large vacuum flow orifice will guarantee a steady hold on products, even at high speed and in quickly accelerating systems.

Designed to meet the most stringent hygiene standards, Piab's food contact cups have no pockets in which dust or dirt can collect, and are made of food contact materials that comply with FDA and EU 1935 regulations. Cups and fittings also comply with metal detectors available on the market and their blue colour suits the visual inspection systems used in the food industry. The complete cup range is available in blue, detectable, food approved silicone, with oval cups also available in transparent, non-detectable, food contact silicone. The oval shaped cups have been specifically designed to provide the best possible solution for small oblong flow or doypacks.

"Only a low vacuum level is needed to collapse the bellows on the cups. This is important as a high vacuum can compromise or even completely ruin delicate food products. The low vacuum level is also ideal for side channel blowers," comments Josef Karbassi, Vice President of Piab's Automation Division.

All cups are available with stainless steel (316L) fittings, and all except for the oval cups are also available with a blue plastic, detectable, food grade fitting. In some models, the fittings are made up of two easily separated parts. For maximum hygiene, male threads are used throughout, making the fittings very easy to clean. Several different options are available for each size. Cups designed for bread and bakery products (B-BL) can also be mounted with a retainer when used in bread de-panning systems. Made in a blue coloured, detectable, food contact material, the retainers are available for all three different sizes, using the same interface.

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 almost 70 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden.

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Häla El Sheemy Washbrook, Vice President Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +46 (0) 8 630 25 74

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