piGRIP suction cup

Description

Piab announces its new piGRIP suction cup, the first modular suction cup on the market. The new piGRIP allows companies to choose the ideal combination of lip and bellow so packaging lines can handle products at previously unprecedented speeds while realizing energy savings.

Available with a range of independent lips, bellows and fittings in sizes from 25-77mm, the new piGRIP suction cup can be customized for thousands of applications for full operational flexibility. Whereas traditional grippers can only be used for select applications, the piGRIP can be tailored to individual gripping, lifting and height requirements to handle a variety of products and fit with a number of packaging machines, including robotic arms, rotary cartoners, labelling machines and carton erectors.

The piGRIP can be used with new machines as well as for retrofitting existing systems. Overall line efficiency is enhanced with the piGRIP’s superior suction grip, which allows for higher machine speeds. This powerful grip is made possible through the variety of lip options available with the piGRIP, allowing manufacturers to choose the desired hardness or softness for optimum sealing.  For example, flexible lips provide extra sealing capability for the handling of surface-leaking and porous materials, such as corrugated cardboard, while foam lips are ideal for difficult to handle products such as rigid food packages or lids with heavily textured surfaces. With the piGRIP, the ideal lip and bellow combination can be selected so manufacturers are no longer forced to compromise on either grip or machine handling speed, which is often the case with one-size-fits-all suction cup units. All of Piab’s bellows have a proprietary thin wall design which ensures that faster compressions and returns can be achieved, allowing extra high lifting force compared to traditional cups in the same size. With this capability to handle faster accelerations and more high speed lifts, machines can run at faster speeds leading to shorter production cycles, and increasing overall productivity.

The piGRIP is also available in FDA approved materials. Certificates are available for the food industry, making the unique suction cup suitable for applications where direct food contact is necessary. The new modular suction cup also contributes sustainability benefits. The piGRIP offers 20-50% more lifting force than similar sized cups to reduce energy consumption and save costs. The piGRIP also features 100% recyclable and separable materials, which, once the suction cup is recycled, can be reused for the same or a number of other purposes. By reducing scrap this contributes to an environmentally friendly waste management program.

“With a growing awareness of environmental issues, packaging manufacturers are seeking solutions that offer both optimum performance and energy efficiency,” said Ed McGovern, Vice President, Sales and Business Development North America, Piab. “The new revolutionary piGRIP brings a step change in vacuum technology by being the first complete modular suction cup concept on the market. This exciting development allows us to help manufacturers optimize their packaging lines while also contributing to a sustainable world.”

Specs

  • first modular suction cup on the market
  • can be customized for thousands of applications f
  • variety of lip options available
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