Piab’s Kenos® KVG series of vacuum grippers is extended to include the option of using suction cups instead of the technical foam pads offered as standard. The vacuum grippers can now be configured with suction cups from Piab’s flexible and durable suction cup DURAFLEX® BX series as well as the generic Value Line® series.
This new suction cup option for Kenos® KVG vacuum grippers is designed to better address certain materials or items that might be particularly difficult to grip. It is intended as an alternative to the foam grip used in standard models and will extend the range of applications served by Kenos® KVG vacuum grippers.
Using Piab’s proprietary air-driven multi-stage COAX® technology to provide efficient vacuum generation, the Kenos® KVG gripper series is designed to safely grip, lift and handle objects, with focus on packaging and furniture industries.
Standard models use an easily replaceable technical foam pad that molds itself around objects to provide a strong grip regardless of shape or dimensions. FDA-approved foam pads are available, and the number of pitch holes and the thickness of the foam can be varied to suit different applications.
The suction cups may offer benefits in circumstances where the surfaces of objects might be wet or oily. Under these conditions, and in general where the flexibility of foam is not needed, the suction cups are typically more durable and offer a longer life.
Piab’s Value Line suction cups in flat-concave, bellows and long-bellows shapes, and with long thin lips are fit for sealing on slightly corrugated surfaces, such as corrugated cardboard, are available globally with off-the-shelf deliveries.
DURAFLEX suction cups combine firm bellows with soft, flexible lips made from a material designed with the elasticity of rubber and wear resistance of polyurethane, making them particularly suitable for uneven and porous surfaces.