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Basic Vacuum Cup Selection

By Daniel Pascoe There are many types of vacuum cups available for use in vacuum pick-and-place systems. Some are designed with a particular application purpose while others are simply designed to offer a range of similar style models to the vacuum user: single bellows models from 5 mm through to 50 mm diameter, for example. […]

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Basic Vacuum Cup Selection – Part 2

There are many types of vacuum cups available from a large range of manufacturers. The primary application of vacuum cups is on automated machinery, such as packaging lines, robotic palletizing, automotive steel stamping, and so on. Selecting the correct vacuum cup for each application is key to enabling the machinery to operate in an efficient, […]

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Basic Vacuum Cup Selection: Part 1

There are many types of vacuum cups available from a large range of manufacturers.  The primary application of vacuum cups is on automated machinery, such as packaging lines, robotic palletizing, automotive steel stamping, and so on. Selecting the correct vacuum cup for each application is key to enabling the machinery to operate in an efficient, […]

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Pressure & Vacuum in Print

In the printing industry, vacuum and low-pressure air is used extensively in the sheet feeding heads of web offset printing presses (Fig. 1). These presses utilize vacuum throughout the machine to transfer sheets of plain paper from one end to the finished printed paper at the other. Common printing projects are large quantity runs of […]

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Changing a Vacuum Cup

Vacuum cups are used throughout industry for so many applications that the list would take up most of this page. Fundamentally, vacuum cups are used to grip a product while it is lifted, clamped, or conveyed from one place to another. There are many different designs and styles available from numerous manufacturers in various materials […]

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Vacuum Basics

By Richard Throop, CFPS Vacuum often seems like a mystery or “black art,” but vacuum is actually quite simple. When we talk about vacuum, we are talking about operating in the pressure region below atmospheric pressure (14.7 psi absolute at sea level) instead of above atmospheric pressure. The same principles and laws that work within pneumatics, […]

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Vacuum Measurement: A Basic Guide

There is often much confusion with regards to the units used to measure the level of vacuum being generated in an industrial application. This article explains which ones are the most common, their origins, when one should be used instead of another, and how to convert between them. The most common unit of vacuum measurement […]

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Basic Vacuum Pump Choice

The consideration of which vacuum pump to select is based on many factors. This article explains the fundamental differences between three very common vacuum pump technologies and offers the user a better understanding of what their selection differences are. More often than not, a vacuum user will replace an existing vacuum pump with the exact […]

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Vacuum Lifting Fundamentals

There is often much confusion with regards to the units used to measure the vacuum level being generated in an application. This article explains which ones are the most common, their origins, where one should be used instead of another, and how to convert between them. The most common unit of vacuum measurement used in […]

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Vacuum Valves

Click images to enlarge The most common form of vacuum generation is a vacuum venturi, often referred to as a “vacuum pump.” This can be misleading because a vacuum venturi utilizes compressed air as the motive power, whereas a pump is connected to an electric motor or other rotary power source. Some manufacturers create confusion […]

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