New controller for vacuum pumps improves materials handling efficiency

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 2002




(2002), "New controller for vacuum pumps improves materials handling efficiency", Assembly Automation, Vol. 22 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2002, MCB UP Limited

New controller for vacuum pumps improves materials handling efficiency

New controller for vacuum pumps improves materials handling efficiency

Keywords: Vacuum, Pumps

A new electropneumatic pump module, the AVM 5050, has now been introduced for controlling and monitoring vacuum systems that are designed to move materials using suction cups (see Plate 2).

The module has been developed by the vacuum technology company Piab to ensure the safe and rapid handling of sheet metal parts, etc. and to minimise expensive downtime and rejects in the automotive and white goods industries.

Plate 2 The control module can be used managed pump system or as part of together with Piab P3010 pumps.

The module, which can be controlled from a PC or PLC, has a built-in energy-saving feature and ensures that the vacuum is maintained in the event of a power cut.

The AVM 5050 can be operated with a variety of small compressed air-driven pumps, but is also available with an integral pump. This solution has been designed to meet the tough requirements of the automotive industry for versatility, reliability and speed.

“The product was developed in collaboration with automotive manufacturers to incorporate all the features that are needed to control a vacuum system on a press line or in final assembly”, says josef Karbassi, Market Segment Manager at Piab AB in Täby. When used with Piab vacuum pumps it allows vacuum to be achieved in a very short time – which minimises cycle time and the risk of the handling robot dropping the part. The module also controls blow-off and permits continuous monitoring of vacuum level by means of an analogue output and a ready signal with a choice of several adjustable levels.

For more information contact Mr. Michael Leitch, Managing Director, PIAB LTD, PO Box 43, GB-LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE LE12 8NY. Tel: 1509 814 280; Fax: 1509 814 647; E-mail:; Web site:

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