Piab (Hingham, MA) offers an updated DURAFLEX Friction Cups poster, which shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit a machine’s connection. There is also a table of lifting forces and measurements to help guide in suction cup selection. This line of suction cups provides the ultimate grip on oily and wet surfaces. The cups’ special grip pattern enables operators to safely and reliably move slippery metal goods without slowing production lines. This offering from Piab, the leading innovator in industrial vacuum technology, allows manufacturers to reduce product droppage and lower scrap rates. Other features of the Friction Cups include:
- A rough cleat surface and sharp cleat edges and channels. This design creates greater friction and a stronger hold compared to traditional traction suction cups. Normal cup abrasion resulting from handling oily sheets does not degrade the shear force performance of Piab’s friction cups over time. The added durability of the cups extends use life for long-term reliability.
- The ability to maintain their hold on heavy and slippery sheets during accelerations and de-accelerations, especially in the instance of emergency stoppages. All parts are maintained in the proper position to facilitate applications such as stamping, reducing scrapped products and improving overall line sustainability.
- A DURAFLEX polyurethane construction, meaning Piab’s Friction Cups will not break or crack after exposure to ultraviolet light, heat or ozone, which is an issue with cups comprised of rubber compounds.
- A dual-hardness design and soft cup body to prevent damage to the surface of thin metal sheets common in automotive and large appliance applications.