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Piab Launches New Suction Cup at PACK EXPO 2010

POSTED 11/02/2010

rong>Packaging lines can get a grip on productivity with the first modular suction cup from Piab New piGRIP™ offers energy and cost savings

Piab Launches New Suction Cup at PACK EXPO 2010Hingham, MA, USA – Piab, a leading supplier of industrial vacuum technology, launches 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. The unique suction cup is on display at Piab’s booth (N-4620) at PACK EXPO International 2010, October 31-November 3, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA.

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.”

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 more than 50 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden. For more information about Piab vacuum solutions for a diverse range of applications, visit www.piab.com.

For more information, contact:

In North America: Ed McGovern, Vice President Sales & Business Development, North America; Tel: +1 (781) 337 7309

In Europe: Josef Karbassi, Vice President Marketing and Communication; Tel: +46 (0) 8 630 25 98