Pick and Place Solution for Boards

Our video this week demonstrates a pick and place solution for boards / panels. VMECA’s VS suction cups have a sponge-like pad that compensates for uneven surfaces which cause vacuum leaks. Using a VS suction cup and ball joint assembly creates the perfect solution for picking, placing and gripping uneven surfaces, different height levels, and/or different angles.

VMCEA’s VS Sponge Vacuum Cups


VMCEA’s VS Sponge Vacuum Cups ideal for use with:
–           Rough Wood
–           Marble / Ceramic Tiles
–           Bricks
–           Paving Slabs

Key Features and Strengths:q
Lifting Force (↑): 45.90kg @ -60 kPa
–           Volume: 55.0cm³
–           Diameter: 108 mm

Products featured in our video, indicated by the blue arrows are: VMECA’s Sponge Vacuum Cup: VS100 and VMECA’s Turtle Pump: VTC3032 (details below)

VMECA Turtle Pumps and Vacuum Generators

The latest range of VMECA Turtle Pumps and Vacuum Generators are available from Simmatic. Turtle Pumps feature a unique all-in-one design which enables big savings to be made in the cost and complexity of vacuum handling systems for applications as diverse as bag opening, carton erecting, package handling and labelling.

In addition, because of their small size and robust construction, the Turtle Pumps can, in most applications, be installed close to the point where the vacuum is needed. This ensures fast response to control signals – typically three times faster than conventional arrangements – and puts an end to the risk of leakage that is inevitably associated with long runs of pipework.

At the heart of every Turtle Pump is an efficient multistage vacuum cartridge that operates from a compressed air supply and produces an almost constant level of vacuum over a wide range of air supply pressures. Each pump also incorporates an air control valve, a vacuum filter, a release control valve, a silencer and a vacuum gauge or switch.  This fully integrated design means that few, if any external components are needed, which saves money, reduces installation time and simplifies pipework.

Uniquely, Turtle Pumps feature self-cleaning vacuum filters. At each vacuum on-off cycle, dust is automatically cleared from the filter. This means …

  • Turtle Pumps can operate for long periods without needing attention
  • Their performance does not degrade over time as the filter progressively clogs
  • Plant downtime associated with regular cleaning of conventional filters is eliminated

Ultimately, every industry has their own unique material handling requirements but one thing they all have in common is the demand for efficiency, speed and a safe working environment. If you would like more information about a pick and place solution for boards, VMECA’s Sponge Vacuum Cups, VMECA’s Turtle Pumps or in fact, any of Simmatic’s pneumatic and vacuum handling products, call us on 01299 877770 or email: [email protected]