New Pinch Gripper Meet FDA 21 CFR and EU 1935/2004 Regulations

Press Release Summary:

  • Made from silicone that is approved for direct contact with food
  • Can grip objects with width of up to 50 mm. [1.18 in.]
  • Uses suction cups and ideal for food/chocolate industry

Original Press Release:

Piab is Proud to Introduce the piSOFTGRIP® 50-2

Piab once again extends the pi-SOFTGRIP® family with a new pinch gripper developed for the automation of the food/chocolate industry. The vacuum-based soft gripper can grip sensitive and lightweight oblong objects with odd geometries and/or objects with an unusual surface.

Hingham, MA - piSOFTGRIP® has two gripping fingers and a sealed vacuum cavity, all made in one piece, resulting in a simple and robust product. The product is not sensitive to dust and the gripping force is easily adjusted and controlled by the applied vacuum level. The gripper can easily be put in rows (multiple mode) to support picks of extended objects.

Food approved
piSOFTGRIP® is made from silicone which is approved for direct contact with food (in accordance with FDA 21 CFR and EU 1935/2004 regulations). The food detectable gripper enables the food/chocolate industry to extend their automated food handling to include a wider range of products.

Delicate food/chocolate items can be handled without risk of being spoiled due to crushing. Wash-down fitting options as well as a sealed vacuum cavity make it easy to clean and keep functioning even in challenging environments.

Easy to use, control and clean
The soft gripping vacuum tool is as easy to control and install as a suction cup. You can also use it for multimode applications, putting several piSOFTGRIP® 50-2 in rows or other grid structures, supporting the picks you want to make. The piSOFTGRIP® 50-2 uses same fittings as Piab’s piGRIP® suction cups.

An optional stainless-steel fitting offers wash-down provision to assist cleaning (this gripper has the same interface as the piSOFTGRIP® 50-3). The intuitive and user-friendly design makes piSOFTGRIP® easy to integrate into automated procedures, which helps secure the quality of products and increase overall productivity.

Great gripping solution for small, sensitive oblong objects
The piSOFTGRIP® 50-2 is an excellent and cost-effective solution for sensitive and difficult to grip objects. The gripping force is controlled by simply adjusting the vacuum level. The new soft gripper can grip objects with a width of up to 50mm [1.18”].

About Piab
Piab is evolving automation through progressive gripping, lifting and moving solutions and has done so since 1951. We believe in an automated world, where no resources are wasted, and no humans are injured. With annual sales of ~ 1.5 billion SEK, 650 employees and a global presence in more than 100 countries, we help our customers improve their operations for the better on a daily basis. Since 2018, Piab is owned by Patricia Industries, part of Investor AB.

For more information
Mike Tuohey, Marketing Activation Manager, Americas
(800) 321 7422

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