Vacuum-Handling Cylinder has 30 million cycle rating.

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Actuated solely by vacuum, Vactivator provides control in graphic and packaging applications such as paper and blanks feeding, carton erecting, and pick-and-place procedures. No positioning units are needed; piston rod returns to its original position using vacuum and return spring while object is held by suction cup, and suction cup gripping is possible anywhere within stroke of piston rod. Solution comes in models with 0-50 or 0-20 mm stroke, both with automatic stroke control.

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Over 300 Million Cycles Possible with the New Vativator from PIAB

PIAB, a global leader in industrial vacuum technology, introduces the Vactivator vacuum-handling cylinder featuring automatic stroke control. The simple design and precise tolerances of the Vactivator make it a low-energy option that is ideal for fast and accurate control in graphic and packaging applications, such as paper and blanks feeding, carton erecting, and pick-and-place procedures.

The Vactivator is actuated solely by vacuum, which means no additional equipment is required. Because of its forgiving design, a low level of energy is necessary for operation. This provides a reliable, cost-effective vacuum solution with a lifetime of over 30 million production cycles under average industrial conditions.

Counter to traditional gripping systems in which construction is often based on pneumatic cylinders, valves and sensors for the control of the piston rod, the Vactivator's piston rod stops and returns instantly when the suction cup contacts the object. No positioning units are needed, as the piston rod returns to its original position using vacuum and a return spring while the object is held by the suction cup. Suction cup gripping is possible anywhere within the stroke of the piston rod, and as the object is always released at the same position, advanced gripping equipment is unnecessary.

A limited number of couplings and pipes, along with a provided T-slot, makes installation of the Vactivator quick and easy. The cylinder is available in models V10/50 with a stroke of 0-50 mm and V10/20 with a stroke of 0-20 mm.

Established in 1951, PIAB designs innovative solutions that improve the productivity and working environment of vacuum users around the world. PIAB manufacturers a complete line of vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors and suction cups for a variety of automated material handling and factory automation processes. PIAB utilizes COAX®, the next dimension in vacuum technology, in many of its original products and solutions. COAX® is an advanced technology for creating vacuum with compressed air. COAX® cartridges are smaller, more efficient and more reliable than conventional ejectors, and can be integrated directly into machinery. This allows for the design of a flexible, modular vacuum system. Download a high-resolution picture of 300 dpi.

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