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Handling and lifting with vacuum

Vacuum handling and vacuum lifting. Methods for gently moving parts from one place to another. Or for fixing them in a certain position during processing.

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How does handling and lifting with vacuum work?

Nowadays, it is inconceivable to imagine modern production processes without handling and lifting goods with the help of vacuum. How else would it be possible to stack cardboards quickly and reliably, to move glass panels, hold wooden components for milling, or load and unload heavy items from ships or vehicles?

The idea is as simple as ingenious.
A suction cup, vacuum plate or vacuum table is used to apply suction. And thus, hold an object firmly.
A suction cup, vacuum plate or vacuum table is used to apply suction. And thus, hold an object firmly. This extremely effective method allows to move, lift, or transport objects and supply materials to production processes. Or to clamp parts gently and reliably during processing.

Vacuum technology is therefore used in many automated production processes. For example, in woodworking to move wooden parts through the entire production line and to hold them in place on the machining equipment. But also for pick and place applications in the electronics, food and packaging industry. And even in the printing industry, to transport individual sheets of paper without wrinkling them.

Busch vacuum technology in handling and lifting with vacuum

Different vacuum technologies are used depending on the material, size, and surface qualities. If the material has a high permeability, side channel blowers are a good choice. For freshly cut wood, oil-lubricated rotary vane or dry claw vacuum pumps can be used. For all other materials with a smooth surface, dry-running rotary vane vacuum pumps are the perfect choice for holding, lifting, or transporting.

With our extensive product range, we offer the perfect solution for every handling and lifting application. Whatever your process, whatever your requirements.

Vacuum handling in the packaging industry

Vacuum handling in the packaging industry
How do cartoning machines work?

Cartoning machines are commonly used to assemble cartons, to fill and finally close them. In a first step, the machine picks a carton blank, folds, and erects it. The carton boxes created in this way are then filled with products such as medicine blisters, bottled foodstuffs, or cosmetics. Before they are finally closed and sealed.

Vacuum plays an essential role in this type of packaging. It is, for example, applied to pick a single piece of carton blank from a stack with the help of suction cups. But also, to erect the folded carton.

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Vacuum handling in the woodworking industry

Vacuum handling in the wood industry
How do handling and clamping devices in the woodworking industry work?

Vacuum is used in various process steps in the woodworking industry. Not only to transport the workpieces within the production line, but also to fix the parts on woodworking machinery while they are being processed.

One of the most important vacuum applications in woodworking is clamping on CNC routers and other machining equipment. Here, the holding force of vacuum is used to quickly and securely fasten various panel materials or solid wood parts. Without leaving any pressure marks or damaging the wood. There are three different clamping methods using vacuum on various CNC routers or machining centers: Grid tables, nesting on grid tables and consoles with vacuum blocks.

Handling equipment and assembly robots also often get their holding force from vacuum. In the end of the production line, for example, robots fitted with a vacuum suction device often come to play to stack the finalized items on pallets.

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