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Piab’s Kenos Range of Suction Pad Grippers are Perfect for Packaging and Palletizing
PIAB USA, Inc. Posted 09/27/2016
Piab is extending its program of advanced packaging and palletizing products with the Kenos range of suction pad/foam grippers. The gripping systems – Kenos Vacuum Gripper (KVG), Kenos Sack Gripper (KSG) and Kenos Vacuum Gripper Layer (KVGL) – use Piab’s proprietary and energy efficient multi-stage vacuum ejector technology in combination with specially developed, high quality suction pads/foam to make flexible and efficient packaging and palletizing/de-palletizing tools.
Available with either check valve or flow resistance technology, and configured to use either integrated vacuum generation or an external vacuum generator (pump/blower), the grippers are able to satisfy the needs of various industrial segments and practical applications. The technical foam or suction pads of varying dimensions and characteristics provide an excellent gripping surface.
Whereas the general use KVG series offers versatile and flexible gripping tools suitable for a wide range of applications, the more specialised sack gripper (KSG series) is a perfect solution for handling sacks of varying shape, material and weight. The integrated and modular vacuum generation enables a highly flexible system, and a version for external vacuum generation with side channel blower is also available should this be required due to conditions in the industrial environment.
The layer gripper (KVGL series) enables unique, simultaneous handling of complete layers of products, for example a pallet layer of drinks cans or tins of food. A modular system, it can be designed to fit many different dimensions and requirements. Typical applications include palletizing and de-palletizing in business segments such as general packaging, as well as the food and drinks industry.
“Suction pads or foam provide gripping tools that are very forgiving in terms of positioning, which enables them to be used in less precise applications. The combined use of vacuum pads/foam and pushing bars guarantees optimal grip under all circumstances,” explains Josef Karbassi, Vice President of Piab’s Automation Division.
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 almost 70 countries. Its headquarters are in Sweden.