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The ejector pumps have become so small that they can be placed straight at the very place of suction in so-called integrated vacuum grippers. These increase the speed of the system by minimizing the amount of air that must be evacuated. Adaptation to the application is thus simplified by the use of the small and lightweight vacuum grippers.

2. Innovative materials in SUCTION CUPS

The material properties of the suction cups are crucial for the function. We can create perfectly adapted suction cups when it comes to pliability, durability and chemical resistance. Thanks to the built-in filter the vacuum system is also protected against foreign particles, which is of great importance to the cost of maintenance.

3. Hands-off BULK HANDLING with vacuum conveying.

Powder materials are common in chemical industries and similar industries such as the food and pharmaceutical industries. Vacuum conveying is an unsurpassed means of satisfying the demanding requirements of cleanliness and hygiene.



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PDF Files

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Using suction cups is a lifting technique with many possibilities. You can, for example, handle board materials or concrete slabs, open bags, pick electronic components, label and hold objects. But different applications need different requirements. PIAB offers one of the market’s widest ranges of suction cups so that each application will have its own solution.

Suction cups made from DURAFLEX ® — for increased productivity and performance

Increase your productivity and security with DURAFLEX ®, a strong and elastic material with excellent sealing capability. High friction and reduced micro-leakage increase the lifting capability and the cup’s outstanding wear resistance extends the change-over intervals. PIAB’s unique dual-hardness cups are ideally suited for applications where micro-leakage can occur, for example when a suction cup does not properly conform to a handled material, such as corrugated cardboard. Dual-hardness cups provide both the strength and flexibility needed to seal on uneven or coarse surfaces.


Every application requires a particular design of suction cup. The Models described here will cover virtually any need.
Technical Data can be viewed on the PDFs in each model category, just click to view.

For handling objects with flat or slightly curved surfaces.
MODELS: U2, U3, U4, U6, U8, U10, U15, U20, U30, U40, U50-2
Suitable for level adjustment. Several short bellows cups in one lifting device can handle objects with height differences and varying shapes. The bellows also provide a slight lifting movement to separate thin items.
MODELS:: B15-2, B20, B20MF, B30-2, B30_M.10, B30MF, B30MF-M, B40MF, B50-2, B50, B50MF, B75P, B150, B5, B8.pdf, B10-2, B15MF, B40MF-M, B110-2, B110, B150, B40,
Suitable for uneven surfaces.


The same applications as for short bellows but can cope with greater differences in levels due to the longer lifting movement. Not suitable for use with deep vacuum levels.
MODELS: BL20-2, BL30-3P, BL40-2, BL40-3PA, BL50-3P, BX25, BX35P, BX75P, BX35P, BX52 , BX52P, BX75f, BX75P, BX110P, BL30-2, BL50-2

Suitable for flat objects such as cardboard, sheet metal and porous materials. Cleats prevent objects from being deformed and give extra friction when the lifting force is parallel. The suction cup has good stability and very little movement.
MODELS:F20, F25, F25MF, F40-2, F40MF, F50-2, F15, F15MF, F20MF, F30-2, F30MF, F30MF-M, F40MF-M, F50MF, F50MF-M, F75, F75P, F110, F150, F110, F110P, F20MF-M

Used for curved and irregular surfaces. Can lift even over corners and edges. Not suitable for use on flat surfaces.
MODELS: D20-2, DF80P, D15-2, D30-2, D50, DF80P
When several cups are connected together in a single system, for example in a lifting device, the system can be adversely affected if a suction cup leaks or misses the work-piece. To overcome this, each suction cup can be provided with a valve that opens only when the suction cup is in contact with the object. The advantages are increased safety, less air consumption and faster action.
Designed for flat and slightly curved surfaces. A typical application is the feeding of sheet metal into a press tool. The slightly curved shape and internal cleats provide a good grip and the strengthened lip extends the life of the cup considerably.
MODELS: FC25P, FC35P, FC100Pf, FC20P, FC50P, FC75P, FC150P
Suitable for handling large, heavy objects with flat surfaces.

The round version is suitable for handling uneven and rough surfaces, for example blocks of stone, concrete or channeled plate. The soft cellular rubber provides a good seal against most surfaces. The oval shape provides good stability when handling thin objects.
MODELS: OP20x100, OP40x200, P35, P60, P200, P300

Suitable for long, narrow objects and when level adjustment is required.
MODELS: OB20x60P, OB35x90P, OB50x140P, OB65x170P, OBL40x90P

Designed for flat and slightly curved surfaces. These suction cups have been developed for lifting metal sheets, glass sheets, etc., in the automotive industry. As primarily flat surfaces are to be handled, the lips of these cups are thicker, increasing the life of the suction cup considerably. MODELS: OC35x90P, OC60x140

Suitable for oblong, flat surfaces. Cleats prevent objects from being deformed and give extra friction when the lifting force is parallel. The suction cup has good stability and very little movement. Also suitable when lifting parallel as the cleats increase friction.
MODELS: OF10x30P, OF15x45P, OF25x70P, OF40x110P, OF55x150P, OF70x175P



How does a suction cup work?


A suction cup adheres to a surface when the surrounding pressure (atmospheric pressure) is higher than the pressure between the suction cup and the surface of the object. To create the low pressure in the suction cup it is connected to a vacuum source. The lower the pressure, the higher the vacuum in the suction cup — results in increased lifting force.

Energy Requirements

Suction cups should not be exposed to unnecessarily high vacuum levels. Too high vacuum levels will cause unnecessary wear and require more energy. With an increase of the vacuum level from 18 -inHg to 27 -inHg the lifting force increases by 20–40% while the energy requirements are increased by a factor of 10.
Since the lifting force is directly proportional to the area of the suction cup, it is better to maintain a lower vacuum level and increase the area of the suction cup when more lifting force is required.

Safety Factors

The lifting force can be perpendicular or parallel to the surface to be handled. The values are based on sample data for a dry steel plate.
When sizing a suction cup, we recommend to always multiply the weight of the object to be handled by a minimum factor of 2 for increased safety.

Acceleration and Deceleration

Rapidly moving objects have additional dynamic forces arising from acceleration and deceleration. In this case, we recommend multiplying the object's weight by a minimum of 2.5 when calculating the size of the suction cup.

Savings in energy and system costs

Leakage occurs in a system when one or more suction cups do not contact the object being handled. This may happen in applications where the number, the position or the size of the objects to be lifted varies. Usually a large vacuum pump is used to cope with the air leakage and to maintain the vacuum level. The result is an inefficient system in terms of energy and capital costs.
A better solution is to use PIAB fittings with valves. The valves stop or reduce the leakage so that a smaller, more appropriate vacuum pump can be used to decrease installation and operation costs.

Dual Control Valve

The air evacuated by the vacuum pump can only flow through a small opening (restriction). Even if the suction cup does not make contact with the object, the leakage will be minimal and the system will not be affected to any significant degree (a). When the suction cup makes contact with the object, only the cup’s own volume has to be evacuated and the vacuum is created rapidly (b). When the object is released, air opens the built-in flap valve in the fitting and flows through a larger opening. The object is thus released very quickly (c).
Caution: Fittings with dual flow control valves can be assembled on suction cups from 20 to 50mm in size (0.79"-1.97" dia.). They are used only when lifting objects made of non-porous material.

Choosing the Right PUMP

How to choose the right PIAB vacuum pump when using a fitting with dual flow control valve.

The pump should be able to cope with the maximum leakage flow or the induced air that flows through the restriction. The following table shows, for every suction cup size, the diameter of the restriction and the air flow. The flow calculation is for a system with one suction cup and a vacuum level of 11.8 to 29.4 -inHg.

Dimensions of the cup Restriction,in Air flow, cf/s

20, 25, 30* (0.79", 0.98", 1.18")



40** (1.57")



50 (1.97")



* Excl. B30-2, B30MF, BL30-2
** Incl. B30-2, B30MF, BL30-2
† Constant from approx. 11.8 -inHg to 29.4 -inHg.



PIAB's new COAX is the latest patented technology is an offshoot of the multi-stage ejector principle.
COAX® ensures excellent performance at both low and high feed pressures. It’s ideal for situations where compressed air lines deliver air at low or fluctuating pressures.
Pumps based on the COAX® technology can operate within the range of 25 to 87 psi.

Principle behind the COAX® technology

PIAB pioneered and engineered the multistage ejector pump from the simple, single stage pump where suction is induced by a compressed air flow through a Lavel Tube.

Multi-stage ejector

PIAB vacuum pumps are of the multi-stage ejector type –a technology patented by PIAB in 1973.
These vacuum pumps were developed to provide extra vacuum flow in combination with deep maximum vacuum levels while keeping energy consumption at a minimum.

P3010 is based on this new technology, derived from the multi-stage ejector principle. Note that both a filter and check valves are integrated into the ejector section. When compressed air (red) passes through the nozzles, air is pulled through with the stream of compressed air. “Suction” (blue) is thus created at the opening of each stage.

Other PIAB designs incorporating COAX ® technology include the Vacuum Gripper System, P2010, P6010, PMAT, Vacustat and the Adjustable Vacuum Palletizer.

PIAB vacuum pumps are compressed air-driven vacuum pumps. The unique construction makes maximum use of the compressed air and therefore consumes less energy. Large vacuum flows and high levels of vacuum are characteristic of PIAB’s vacuum pumps.
When compressed air (1) passes through the nozzles, air is pulled through (2) with the stream of compressed air. “Suction” (3,4,) is thus created at the opening of each stage, resulting in low pressure, vacuum.

Advantages of PIAB Vacuum Pumps based on COAX Technology

PIAB pumps have no moving parts that vibrate or wear out – important features that contribute heavily to outstanding operational reliability and a pleasant, noise-free working environment.


Engineers, have you seen the informative COAX® technology website?

visit it at http://www.coaxtechnology.com

This site provides an interactive and comprehensive resource for machine builders.  Answering the questions, “what is it?”, “what’s in it for me?”, and “how can I use it?”, the new COAX® technology site serves as a valuable resource for those who demand innovative solutions to meet the design challenges of the future.
Visitors to the COAX® Technology site can effortlessly explore its simple, clear design and learn more about the unique vacuum technology from its inventor, Peter Tell.  In a video highlighting the advantages of integrating machinery with COAX® cartridges, Tell discusses the power of the technology, further demonstrated with customer testimonials from ABB and Robot System Products (RSP).  Additional distinguished customers such as Rantec, Uhlmann Pack-Systeme and Romaco Promatic share stories as to how they met the challenges of reducing energy costs, increasing production and improving system design with their COAX® solutions.
Interactive, modifiable spreadsheets allow site visitors to compare centralized and decentralized vacuum systems, levels of vacuum flow and pressure drop, and individual COAX® cartridges to determine which solution best fits their design needs.  These data tools supply the guidance needed to make a supported decision about integration in specific applications.
In the COAX® integration application gallery, visitors will find decentralized vacuum solutions for multiple industries including packaging, graphic, food and pharmaceutical.  The site also includes a comprehensive product catalogue with CAD files for a more detailed look at individual cartridges.



Which pump should I select?

PIAB vacuum pumps are divided into series which have different characteristics: Bi, Pi, Si, L, M, X and H.
When you know what these letters mean and the applications for which they were developed, it will be easier to select the right pump.

P2010 Bi -Bi SERIES

The Bi Cartridge has been developed to operate at a relatively high vacuum level at very low feed pressure (26 psi). The Bi Cartridge is recommended when you want to ensure high safety of operation in pick-and-place applications, for example, in the electronic industry, where many vacuum units are distributed and where there is a risk of pressure drops. The Bi Cartridge can handle vacuum levels down to 24.9-inHg.

Recommended operating range

0–21 -inHg

Maximum vacuum level

24.9 -inHg

Feed pressure

16-32 psi

P3010 Pi -Pi SERIES

Pi cartridges have been developed to achieve a high vacuum level at low feed pressures. They are ideal when pressures in compressed air lines fluctuate. Pi cartridges are recommended in situations such as handling sheet metal or glass or other non-porous products, where you need good vacuum flow and a high-level vacuum. Pi can deliver high vacuum levels down to 27 -inHg.

Recommended operating range 0–27 -inHg

Maximum vacuum level

27 -inHg

Feed pressure

25-87 psi

P6010 Pi series

Recommended operating range

0–27 -inHg

Maximum vacuum level

27 -inHg

Feed pressure

32-58 psi

P6010 Si - SERIES

Si cartridges are designed to provide extra vacuum flow. They are highly recommended for handling porous materials such as corrugated board and for high-volume evacuation in, for example, a fast-cycling system where it is necessary to compensate for leakage in order to maintain the vacuum level. Si cartridges can deliver moderate vacuum levels down to 22.2 -inHg.

Recommended operating range 0–21 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 22.2 -inHg
Feed pressure 58-87 psi


PIAB L-pumps are designed and built to provide extra vacuum flow. They are highly recommended for handling porous materials such as cardboard and for high-volume evacuation in, for example, mixers or fast-cycling systems where it is necessary to compensate for leakage in order to maintain the vacuum.

Recommended operating range 6-21-inHg
Maximum vacuum level 22.3 -inHg
Feed pressure 87 psi


Recommended operating range 6-21 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 22.3 -inHg
Feed pressure 87 psi


PIAB M-pumps have been developed to perform well even at low feed pressures. They are thus ideal when pressures in compressed air lines are low or fluctuating. M-pumps are recommended in situations where you need good flow and a high-level vacuum. This is the most frequently used type of pump. They are used in most industrial vacuum pump applications.

Recommended operating range 0–24 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 24.1 -inHg
Feed pressure 55-87 psi


Recommended operating range 0–27 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 27.1 -inHg
Feed pressure 50-87 psi


PIAB X-pumps have been developed to provide excellent flow and deep vacuum. They are recommended in applications where a deep vacuum is required in, for example, high-speed feeders in packaging machines and different types of processes. Moreover, X-pumps can be driven by low feed pressures, a distinct advantage when pressures in compressed air lines are low or fluctuating.

Recommended operating range 21-27.9 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 27.9 -inHg
Feed pressure 58-87 psi


PIAB H-pumps provide very high vacuum, and they are recommended in applications with little or no leakage, such as in laboratory applications and in other processes requiring high vacuum levels.

Recommended operating range 29.5-29.85 -inHg
Maximum vacuum level 29.85 -inHg

Feed pressure

87 psi




For complete Data Sheets on each of the following products, just click the links below which
will take you to the Product Index on the PIAB website :

PDF Files http://www.piab.com/Templates/Page.aspx?id=178

CAD Files http://www.piab.com/Templates/Page.aspx?id=179

PIAB Modular Automation Tooling- PMAT |

PIAB's Modular Automation Tooling (PMAT) allows you to construct vacuum end effector tools to meet your needs with minimal design time. The tooling system, which is made out of hard coat anodized aluminium, is lightweight and easy to assemble on-site without welding or use of special tools. PMAT also offers the benefits of adjustability and rigidity in the same product, with the simplest serviceability offered by any supplier on today's market.
PMAT can be used to construct end effector tools for use on any automation equipment needs you may have. The tooling consists of a swivel arm assembly with a choice of various functional attachments, including an integrated vacuum pump. The air-driven pump provides both vacuum through COAX® technology and a connection for blow-off pressure and can be equipped with a check valve feature called VacTrap®.

What is a VacTrap®?

VacTrap® is a vacuum innovation that "traps" vacuum pressure for an indefinite period in a leak-free system.
This feature allows parts to be handled safely in case of a system interruption or failure.

Advantages of PMAT

Fail-safe operation with VacTrap® , Energy savings from COAX® vacuum technology, Quick setup and serviceability, with single-bolt adjustment, flexible to meet changing needs & unlimited positioning.




Efficient material handling - VGS™3010 cartridge with DURAFLEX® suction cups

PIAB VGS™3010 – A new product design where high quality DURAFLEX® suction cups are integrated with a patented COAX® cartridge based on the latest COAX® technology. The result is a vacuum “gripper” that makes selection, sizing and installation of a vacuum system easier, plus you will enjoy the benefits of a more cost-efficient and reliable vacuum system.

Increase your productivity and reduce your costs with VGS™3010

Easy selection and sizing — Knowledge about your specific vacuum flow, level or volume requirements are not required. Only feed pressure and the material being handled determine the optimal VGS™3010 for your application.

Improved grip, lifting capacity and wear resistance with DURAFLEX® cups — Provides up to 50% higher frictional grip as compared to conventional cups.

Simple installation and maintenance

The VGS™3010 mounts easily to most extrusion and profile systems. All parts of the VGS™3010 are accessible and interchangeable.

Flexible positioning

Once installed, the position of the VGS™3010 can be adjusted to accommodate changing handling conditions.

Exceptional handling stability with Stabilizer

The Stabilizer reduces the need for using many suction cups for safe and stable lifting. It is used with suction cup models BX52P and BX75P. Adjustable supports create exceptional stability when handling items such as corrugated boxes, boards and sheets. The Stabilizer is also an excellent aid for handling objects that are hard to grip.
Use one VGS™ with Stabilizer and eliminate the need for multiple suction cups.


VGS™3010 with DURAFLEX® suction cups

VGS™3010 with DURAFLEX® suction cups can handle these materials more effectively than conventional cup and pump solutions.

TECHNICAL DATA SHEETS on PDF : http://www.piab.com/Templates/Page.aspx?id=178

Vacustat COAX®

PIAB introduces a market-unique decentralized vacuum pump for sealed applications. The pump is equipped with an integrated air-saving function and a COAX® cartridge Mini Pi12-2. The pump also contains a built-in check valve on a blow-off port.

Customer benefits

The Vacustat-COAX® unit is the “ultimate” energy-saving solution for handling sealed objects with suction cups. Since the position of the pump will be right at the suction cup, the risk for micro leakage in fittings and hoses are considerably reduced in comparison to a centralized ES system, such as an AVM™ or a Classic ES system. The small volume that is necessary to evacuate (just the cup) means that the air-saving mode will be reached almost instantly.

Energy savings compared to systems without ES (energy saving) function can be up to 99%, depending on the cycle time. Compared to a centralised ES system the decentralized Vacustat-COAX® solution can save up to 50-80% in air consumption.

Vacustat COAX pump in auto assembly line.

Using a VGS™3010 with Stabilizer increases the ability to handle sheets with sharp convex and concave surfaces and reduces the quantity of cups needed.

Handling configuration

VGS™3010 used for palletising or de-palletising means a flexible, quick and easy changeover. The VGS™3010 eliminates the need to use multiple end effectors to handle material that changes size or position.



Many industrial processes require the moving of bulk material. These can be materials like metal oxides, ceramics or plastic in powder form, granules or pellets.

PIAB Vacuum Conveying Systems are the optimum method of moving these materials, cost effective with high handling capacity and easy to install.

Vacuum is used with great advantage in order to convey dry powder products through dedicated pipe systems. PIAB's vacuum conveying systems are built of strong components of high quality. Our objective is to offer solutions that help our customers raise their productivity. Production of food, pharmaceuticals and chemical products demands the highest possible degree of safety as to hygiene and operation. PIAB's new series of vacuum conveyors has been developed as an answer to the severe requirements of operational safety and hygiene in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

The result of 25 years’ product development


Features |

1. Lower maintenance
2. Lower energy consumption
3. Better working environment

Perfect for powders and granules
Industries that produce foodstuff, pharmaceuticals and chemical products have discovered the advantages of vacuum conveying. PIAB, which has developed vacuum conveying systems for 25 years, is the leader of the industry. We provide the solutions to your conveying problems!

Friendly - both to your health as well as to the environment
Different powders require different vacuum levels in order to be conveyed. With PIAB vacuum conveyors you just set the energy consumption exactly according to the prevailing conditions.

PERFORMANCE| From 0 to 65 feet in one second
Time is money. The vacuum technology offers you powder conveying at express speed at up to 65-foot long systems, the sum of vertical and horizontal conveying. 15 tons per hour have been measured at short distance tests with a PIAB vacuum conveyor under favourable conditions.

Easy to install any place
Our systems can be easily adapted to your production environment thanks to few components, small dimensions and low weight. The modular system facilitates the installation. The basic unit is delivered on a drop-key basis. You just have to connect compressed air!

Durable material
The products are made of stainless, highly polished steel (ASTM 316L). The material is acid-proof and has very strong characteristics. We offer a full 5-year guarantee (filter and wear parts excluded.)

Reliable and easy to maintain
Our systems require a minimum of maintenance. They are easy to clean, and filter cleaning is automatic. Operation and control are fully pneumatic in standard design.

Operational safety
The design of the conveyor and PIAB's vacuum pumps offer the highest possible operational safety.

The conveyors are, first and foremost, adapted to the food and pharmaceutical industries.


  1. Vacuum is generated by a compressed air-driven PIAB vacuum pump A. The pump can easily be controlled automatically. Since it has few moving parts, the pump is virtually maintenance-free.
  2. The bottom valve B is closed, and vacuum is raised in the container C and the conveying pipeline D.
  3. From the feed station E the material is drawn into the conveying pipeline and then on to the container.
  4. The filter F prevents dust and fine particles from being drawn into the pump and escaping into the surroundings.
  5. During the suction period, the air shock tanks G are filled with compressed air.
  6. When the material container is full, the vacuum pump is stopped. The bottom valve opens and the material in the container is discharged. At the same time, the compressed air in the filter tank is released and cleans the filter
  7. When the pump is restarted, the process is repeated and a new cycle begins. The suction and discharge times are normally controlled by pneumatic or electrical control systems H

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