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Vacuum lifting systems

Supplier: Millsom Materials Handling By: K. Smith
12 January, 2011

Millsom Materials Handling presents the ideal combination for many applications: the vacuum tube lifter JUMBO, plus large-area gripper system FM.

Many users in various sectors of industry are already familiar with the innovative large-area gripper systems FX/FM from the vacuum specialist Schmalz (represented by Millsom Materials Handling in Australia & New Zealand).

These systems have a modular design and are available in two different variants: (i) the "FX" is a large-area vacuum gripper with integrated vacuum generation (ejectors); (ii) the "FM" - has no integrated vacuum generation. The various modules can be combined to form individual vacuum gripper systems.

The FX systems are used primarily with handling and robot systems, while the FM systems are particularly suitable for flexible use together with handling devices or, as the result of recent developments, with vacuum tube lifters. With the new JUMBO FM gripper, Schmalz has added a new model to their range of grippers.

This gripper, with its compact dimensions (400 x 120 x 50mm or 600 x 12 x 50mm per FM module), low intrinsic weight (10.9kg or 16.5kg), high lifting capacity (40kg or 55kg) and extremely simple handling, is ideal for use with a vacuum tube lifter.

The JUMBO FM gripper permits handling of work pieces and goods of many different types weighing up to 55kg, even if the gripper is not fully covered by the work piece.

The special sealing mat ensures safe gripping without damage to the work piece surface, thus opening new opportunities for handling with vacuum. Suitable vacuum tube lifters for use with the new gripper are the JUMBOERGO 45 or 65, equipped with the powerful vacuum blowers SB-L or SB-V.

The FM gripper can be used for handling any loads which are suitably rigid, do not weigh more than 55kg and cover at least 50% of the lower surface of the vacuum gripper.
The vacuum is provided by the blower which powers the vacuum tube lifter; the ejector needed for operation of an FX griper is no longer needed. The use of a single medium for gripping and lifting ensures that this combination of vacuum tube lifter and gripper easily exceeds the statutory safety regulations.

The vacuum tube lifter JUMBOERGO 45 or 65 equipped with a large-area gripper system FM can be used to handle many different work pieces, such as wooden panels with holes, profiled sandwich panels, pallets or even complete layers of narrow strips of wood safely, precisely and economically.

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