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piINLINE®plus for perfect press-shop vacuum
PIAB USA, Inc. Posted 09/28/2016
Ultra-lightweight decentralized vacuum generators are compact, reliable and efficient
piINLINE®plus is Piab’s new configurable platform for decentralized vacuum generation, offering ideal solutions for automotive manufacturers and other industries. The ultra-lightweight vacuum ejectors feature a unique and integrated automatic release mechanism, and come in compact, minimized packages. Tailor-made for automotive press-shop automation, piINLINE®plus offers new technology that will also benefit various other markets and applications. Designed with ports for compressed air and vacuum in-line, supported by quick-fit push-in connectors of varying diameter, they are mounted directly onto the hose, close to the point of suction.
Made in lightweight and extra durable PA66 material, the piINLINE®plus generators utilize Piab’s COAX® technology, ensuring low air consumption (typically 25 percent lower than competing technology), excellent suction capacity, and fast evacuation. Generators are supplied with either one or two MICRO COAX® cartridges; two cartridges for larger suction cups in high speed applications, or one cartridge for smaller suction cups or for reduced air consumption when high speed is not essential.
“The generators in the piINLINE®plus family feature a significantly lower weight per unit compared with our competitors’ products. The lower weight per unit corresponds to a total weight saving of over 1.1 lbs. in a typical press shop gripper with eight cups. This enables faster press line rates, and will result in less wear on robot arms,” says Josef Karbassi, Vice President of Piab’s Automation Division.
The integrated release function is available in two optional designs – the easily controllable Atmospheric Quick Release (AQR), which require no extra compressed air hose, and the very fast performing Exhaust Block Release (EBR).
“Both designs are based on a durable polyurethane membrane which is not sensitive to dust. This ensures highly reliable production systems with improved uptime,” adds Karbassi.
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. For more information about Piab vacuum solutions for a diverse range of applications, visit us online.