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Vacuum gripper uses foam pad or suction cups

New suction cup configuration option broadens the scope for Piab’s Kenos KVG vacuum grippers.

January 15, 2019   by Food in Canada staff


HINGHAM, MA—The Piab Kenos KVG series of vacuum grippers (see image above) is extended to include the option of using suction cups instead of the technical foam pads offered as standard.
The popular vacuum grippers can now be configured with suction cups from Piab’s flexible and durable suction cup series DURAFLEX BX as well as the generic Value Line series.
“This new suction cup option for Kenos KVG vacuum grippers will help our customers to better address certain materials or items that might be particularly difficult to grip. It is intended as an alternative to the foam grip used in standard models and will extend the range of applications that can be served by Kenos KVG vacuum grippers,” said Piab automation division vice-president Josef Karbassi.
Using Piab’s proprietary air-driven multi-stage COAX technology to provide highly efficient vacuum generation, the Kenos KVG gripper series is designed to safely grip, lift and handle objects, with focus on packaging and furniture industries. Standard models use an easily replaceable technical foam pad that moulds itself around objects to provide a strong grip regardless of shape or dimensions. FDA-approved foam pads are available, and the number of pitch holes and the thickness of the foam can be varied to suit different applications.
“KVG with suction cups offers further advantages in circumstances where the surfaces of objects might be wet or oily. The alternative suction cups can better withstand the challenges posed by the presence of water and oil. Under such conditions, and in general where the flexibility of foam is not needed, the suction cups would be more durable and offer a longer life,” said Karbassi.
Piab’s Value Line suction cups offer good performance at a value price for standard/basic applications. Cups in flat-concave, bellows and long-bellows shapes, and with long thin lips for good sealing on slightly corrugated surfaces, such as corrugated cardboard, are available globally with off-the-shelf deliveries.
The company’s DURAFLEX suction cups combine firm bellows with soft, flexible lips made from a specially developed material that features the elasticity of rubber and wear resistance of polyurethane, making them particularly suitable for uneven and porous surfaces.

About Piab
Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With 430 employees, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab’s vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions. More information available at www.piab.com.


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