Modular Tooling helps reduce compressed air consumption.

Press Release Summary:

Combining vacuum cartridge, DURAFLEX® suction cup, and Vacustat check valve, Ultimate PMAT aids in construction of energy-efficient vacuum-end effector tools for automated material handling applications. Modular automation tooling solution, made of hard-coat anodized aluminum, assembles on-site without welding or use of special tools. Swivel arm assembly is powered by multi-stage COAX® vacuum cartridge, which creates vacuum pressure with compressed air.

Original Press Release:

PIAB Announces Ultimate Modular Tooling for up to 98% Reduction in Compressed Air Consumption

Ideal for Constructing the Most Energy Efficient End-Effector Tooling for Automated Material Handling and General Industrial Applications

Hingham, MA, -PIAB, a global manufacturer of industrial vacuum products, announces Ultimate PMAT, a modular automation tooling solution that allows for up to 98% reduction in compressed air consumption compared to alternative air-powered venturi systems. Combining a COAX® vacuum cartridge with a DURAFLEX® suction cup and a Vacustat check valve, Ultimate PMAT allows manufacturers to construct the most energy efficient vacuum-end effector tools for a variety of general industrial and material handling applications, such as sheet metal stamping, die-casting, injection molding, thermoforming and glass handling.

Made of hard-coat anodized aluminum, the Ultimate PMAT tooling is lightweight and easy to assemble on-site without welding or use of special tools, making it ideal for handling materials in both the raw and finished stages of production. A highly flexible design allows Ultimate PMAT to be quickly configured to handle large metal parts or small plastic components with equal ease and success.

Ultimate PMAT features a swivel arm assembly powered by a COAX vacuum cartridge, which uses a patented multi-stage concept for creating vacuum pressure with compressed air. The result is a smaller, more efficient, more reliable and highly flexible technology that allows users to design a modular system.

The Vacustat check valve minimizes consumption of compressed air by controlling the incoming air flow to the COAX vacuum cartridge and shutting off the supply of compressed air when proper suction is reached. For example, if the vacuum level drops due to leakage, the system will turn on briefly to return the vacuum to the desired level.

About PIAB
PIAB is a global leader in developing innovative vacuum technology for use in automated material handling and factory automation processes. PIAB provides innovative solutions designed to help improve productivity and efficiency in manufacturing processes around the world. For more information about PIAB's complete line of products, contact, PIAB USA, Inc., 65 Sharp Street, Hingham, MA 02043, or call 1-800-321-7422; visit

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