Vacuum Tooling System Gets a Grip


Now offered for global distribution, Piab Modular Automation Tooling system (PMAT) is designed to help manufacturers realize secure, flexible, and adjustable vacuum gripper/fixture tools for their assembly lines. System offers multiple mounting options and can be used to design robot end-effector tools, ergonomic tools, or fixture tools for any type of automation equipment.


PMAT has enjoyed particular success in automotive body-in-white (BIW) and stamping assembly areas, but is equally applicable to general assembly within any industry. Attachments include vacuum ejector units based on Piab's energy-efficient COAX technology, providing both grip and release mechanisms.


Following requests from customers, PMAT is offered with an optional inline filter, and an external check-valve that can be used to meter air flow to the unit, protecting it from over pressurization while saving air. The vacuum check valve included in the VGS3040 platform is an alternative to clamps, saving weight and trapping the vacuum in case of air interruption to the tooling. Furthermore, special suction cup attachments ensure safe handling of objects of varying geometries.

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