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The hunt for the oldest conveyor in the field

Celebrating our 70th company anniversary, we take the opportunity to take a deeper look into the development of vacuum conveying – and we need your help!

The Hunt

Starting with the production of industrial suction units in the 1970‘s, it was in the early 1990‘s – when Piab further developed its vacuum ejectors and pumps - we put both technologies together to evolve from cleaning and removing to transporting and reclaiming bulk material in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. This is how the first vacuum conveyor was created.

Knowing that our products have a long life in the field, we want to find the oldest Piab vacuum conveyor still in operation. Check your factory grounds and be the lucky one winning a brand new piFLOW®p SMART conveyor if your unit shows the earliest proof of the benefits of Piab vacuum conveying.

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The prize

Win our Changeover Champion

The piFLOW®p SMART is our smartest product offering, taking vacuum conveying to a new level, fully automated with optimized throughput.
Offering six times faster changeover, it enables users to save time when changing from one material to another, increasing the productivity of their operations. With its pre-configured conveying settings and auto-tuning capabilities it enables smooth process management independent of operator skills.

Learn more about piFLOW®p SMART

History of vacuum conveying - how VC evolved

  • A pair of compasses by which circles of large and small diameters can be drawn by means of interchangeable bars, and which gave the company it's name-"PI" (ratio of diameter to circumference) and "AB" (incorporated)...PIAB.

  • Piab's development of vacuum powered solutions expands with the Industrial Suction Unit.

  • From cleaning to moving. Launch of the first Piab vacuum conveyor – the VC series.

  • Combining the best of both worlds! With the introduction of the piFLOW® Piab equips its conveyors with its renowned COAX® vacuum pumps developed originally for automation application. Customization options further enhance meeting every customer’s specific needs.

  • piFLOW®t – This is a vacuum conveyor when a premium technology is needed especially to handle tablets or fragile products in the food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. It is designed with a Stainless Steel body (ASTM 316L) and meet the very high hygienic demands of FDA. Piab conveyors are ATEX Dust compliant.

  • A world first, piFLOW®p SMART is a self-optimising vacuum conveyor targeted primarily at industries handling many different materials and/or those in which frequent changes need to be made. This makes the conveyor ideally suited for producers within the food and pharmaceutical sectors, where its full changeover potential will have great impact, saving time and money.


Do you have the oldest conveyor?

The Hunt Competition starts on 6th of May, 2021, and ends on November 30th, 2021. To participate you need to state your company name, a contact person, send in a photo of the conveyor in operation and its label as well as a proof of purchase (invoice copy, order confirmation etc.) and let us know, what material you convey with it today. 

Please send your entry to and follow us on LinkedIn for updates about the competition.

In participating you agree to the Terms and Conditions of The Hunt Competition found via the link below.

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