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Piab Launches Suction Cup for Flimsy Bags

Piab recently released its new BGX suction cup suitable for bags made of thin plastic.

As the bags become more thinner and flimsier, the more carefully they need to be treated. The new BGX suction cup was developed for handling flimsy bags and is suitable for applications in E-commerce, fast moving consumer goods, secondary food picking, fashion, and other industries in which bags are handled.

Bags made of thin plastic film, such as those used for salad leaves and fresh herbs, or the aluminum foil bags used for chips and other snacks, are often just as fragile as their contents. New biodegradable and recyclable materials are becoming increasingly popular, and with it the challenges of bag handling increase.

The thinner the bags become, the easier they can be sucked into and damaged by the suction cup’s grip. To avoid any damage to the bag or indeed to their contents, the lip of the suction cup needs to provide outstanding sealing capability even at low vacuum levels.

Piab’s new BGX bag-handling suction cup has been specially developed to be the perfect bag picker for flimsy and oversized bags, addressing the challenges presented by this application. The lip of the bag cup is designed with outstanding sealing capability also at low vacuum level.

Produced as a one-piece suction cup with two bellows, the suction cup easily picks bags of different heights with a safe and stable hold of the product in the fast and semifast robot applications.

The BGX suction cups are made of FDA- and EU-approved blue silicone for direct contact with food and are suitable for both high- and low-temperature applications. The suction cup can be configured by choosing among three sizes of the lip diameters 34, 41, and 48 mm and six different aluminum push-in fittings designed to attach safely to the robust neck of the cups.

For more information, visit www.piab.com.

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