Vacuum Generator offers IO-Link communication.

Press Release Summary:

With split unit design, piCOMPACT®23 enables ejector to be separated from control unit, which is suitable where space is limited. Integrated valve of Blow-off+ feature ensures efficient and energy-saving blow-off and can also be used to float suction cups while positioning them. Intelligent blow-off feature automatically switches off blow-off when vacuum is gone, offering further energy-savings. When ejector is not engaged, Self-Adhesion Control eliminates any vacuum created in suction cups.

Original Press Release:

piCOMPACT®23 is Now Available with a Range of Unique and Patented Added Features

Improved and intelligent blow-off functions, a split unit design, and a self-adhesion control feature are a few of the new added extras on offer in Piab’s premium piCOMPACT®23 vacuum generator platform. This impressive range of proprietary and patented added features, which also includes IO-Link communication, has the potential to provide optimal vacuum generation for every application.

The compact, all-in-one ejector platform is stackable; up to four units can share the same manifold and pneumatic connections, such as a common feed pressure and exhaust. The option to utilise a split unit design and separate the ejector from the control unit offers added flexibility, particularly where space is limited or for minimising the weight carried by robot arms.

The integrated and patented valve of Piab’s proprietary Blow-off+ feature ensures more efficient and energy-saving blow-off, enabling faster production cycles. It can also be used to float suction cups whilst positioning them in, for instance, ergonomic lifting aids, or simply to clean cups in dusty environments.

A patented intelligent blow-off (IBO) feature automatically switches off the blow-off when the vacuum is gone, offering further energy-saving. This feature is also compatible with the bi-stable (latching) on/off valves that can be used in systems prone to emergency stops or those handling expensive objects.

Finally, Piab’s patented Self-Adhesion Control (SAC) cleverly recognises and eliminates any vacuum created in suction cups when the ejector is not engaged, an irritating problem affecting both robots and manual lifting equipment during the initial positioning of suction cups.

“Most of these optional added features are unique to piCOMPACT23 and enable us to offer a truly optimal set of functions in our premium all-in-one vacuum ejector platform that will give our customers the opportunity to achieve the best possible performance in any application,” states Joseph Karbassi, Vice President of Piab’s Automation Division.

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