Automation with FIPA: Vacuum Crossbeam Lifts 1 Ton of Steel

Individual lifting solution for steel processing company in East Asia

FIPA Vacuum crossbeam

FIPA ( in close partnership with South Korean DAHO TECH COMPANY, has designed and produced a vacuum crossbeam for handling heavy steel plates. "Our project with DAHO TECH COMPANY once again demonstrates our high level of expertise in vacuum technology. Even the heaviest products can be handled in a reliable production process using our lifting systems," states Rainer Mehrer, President of FIPA.

In South Korea, DAHO TECH COMPANY is an important steel processing company. As part of an automation measure, DAHO searched for a new lifting solution to handle heavy steel plates during their production process. There were many challenges to be overcome such as the sheer weight and cumbersome dimensions of the steel plates, some of which measured up to 236" x 71" x 1". DAHO designed and produced the steel construction of the vacuum crossbeam, but looked toward FIPA to provide support with system design, engineering, and supplying all vacuum components. These components included oval suction cups, a vacuum pump, as well as valve and control technology. As the central component, the custom designed oval suction cups, measuring 31" x 16", ensured a high level of suction force while taking up little space. Both the vacuum pump as well as the valve and control technology were mounted on the crossbeam. Thanks to this solution, it is possible to handle steel plates of various sizes. For smaller steel plates, any oval suction cups that are not needed are switched off. The plates are disconnected from the vacuum circuit by means of a manual valve.

This project is yet another example of how FIPA is solving difficult handling tasks with gripper systems. With technical know-how, a high level of expertise, in-house design teams, and a comprehensive program of solution-oriented components, FIPA can offer customized grippers for almost any application area.

About FIPA

FIPA Inc. was founded in 2006 as a fully owned subsidiary of FIPA GmbH. As an international company in the fields of vacuum technology and gripper systems, FIPA specializes in the development and distribution of quality products and innovative system solutions for material flow. Founded in 1985, FIPA GmbH's headquarter is in Ismaning (Munich), Germany. The company has registered strong growth over the years as industry embraces FIPA´s innovative products. For comprehensive information and the latest news, please visit

Rainer J. Mehrer

(President, FIPA Inc.)


Jennifer Gerdhenrichs

(Manager International Marketing Communication, FIPA Group)

+49 089-962-4890


Company Headquarters: Ismaning

Chief Executive Officer: Rainer Mehrer

Entered in the Trade Register at the Munich Amtsgericht (District Court), ref.: HRB 104 684

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Cary, NC 27513

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