In addition to compensating for uneven product surfaces, an excellent adaptation to products with curvatures is also possible. Thanks to their flexible and particularly soft sealing lips, they maintain a stable vacuum and enable fully-automated processes with high cycle rates and constant performance – from small components in injection molding production to picking up large metal parts or oily sheets. The FIPA assortment ranges from universal bellows vacuum cups to temperature-resistant models and highly specialized series, such as vacuum cups for eggs or baked goods. Bellows vacuum cups made of low-marking Thermalon® or HNBR are suitable for demolding hot plastic parts from injection molding machines. FIPA bellows vacuum cups score here, for example, with their low-marking surface, which makes coating or painting your products a high-quality and error-free process. It also speaks to the quality of our bellows vacuum cups that they grip products with residue, such as oil, just as precisely and firmly as clean surfaces or products with abrasive properties. Our robust Varioflex® bellows vacuum cups, made from a special polyurethane and combining two material hardnesses, are designed for automation applications where a strong holding force and a long cycle life are a must in addition to short cycle times.
Series SBU: Universal bellows vacuum cups
FIPA’s SBU series universal bellows vacuum cups are available in models with 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 bellows, diameters of 4 to 88 mm as well as lifts of 2 to 36 mm. Thanks to their large lift, universal bellows vacuum cups cautiously grip sensitive goods and products with curved surfaces.
Series SM-B: Bellows vacuum cups with 1.5 folds for dynamic handling of oily metal sheets
FIPA’s SM-B series bellows vacuum cups are specially optimised for the dynamic handling of oily metal sheets. Robust anti-slip support ribs ensure an extraordinarily high retention force for the sheet metal cups. High lateral forces that occur, for example, when tipping oily metal sheets, are reliably accommodated. Thanks to inner supports within the bellows body, thin-walled sheet metal like that used in car body construction can be gripped without deformation – and without unwanted deep drawing. The 1.5 bellows enable the compensation of height and angle differences. With its soft sealing lip, the vacuum cup for sheet metal handling also adapts to curved structures, thus ensuring a low leakage. A vulcanised connection thread guarantees a tight fit in the fitting even during the most dynamic gripping processes.
Series SKT-B: Temperature-resistant bellows vacuum cups made of Thermalon®
With the aid of temperature-resistant bellows vacuum cups, robots are able to extract hot plastic parts from the injection mould. Since most of these parts are still painted or coated afterwards, only bellows vacuum cups that are low-marking, free of paint wetting impairment substances (PWIS) or mould release may be used. FIPA’s bellows vacuum cups made of Thermalon® (series SKT-B1 with 1.5 bellows, series SKT-B2 with 2.5 bellows) are heat-resistant up to 160° C. The bellow is able to compensate height and angle differences between the vacuum cup and plastic part – perfect for gripping uneven or slightly curved injection moulded plastic parts.
Series SKH-B: Temperature-resistant bellows vacuum cups made of HNBR
With the aid of temperature-resistant bellows vacuum cups, robots are able to extract hot plastic parts from the injection mould. Since most of these parts are still painted or coated afterwards, only bellows vacuum cups that are low-marking, free of paint wetting impairment substances (PWIS) or mould release may be used. FIPA’s bellows vacuum cups made of HNBR (series SKH-B1 with 1.5 bellows , series SKH-B2 with 2.5 bellows) are heat-resistant up to 160° C. The bellow is able to compensate height and angle differences between the vacuum cup and plastic part – perfect for gripping uneven or slightly curved injection moulded plastic parts.
Series SP-BX: Bellows vacuum cups made from Varioflex®
Long life time and outstanding holding capacity – FIPA’s SP-BX series bellows vacuum cups made of oil- and ozone-resistant Varioflex® composite material consist of a dimensionally stable body (60° Shore) and soft sealing lip (30° Shore). The body prevents lateral buckling over a broad range of lateral force. The soft sealing lip ensures minimum leakage, even on uneven product surfaces. The outstanding recovery force of the body allows for the use of this bellows vacuum cup in systems with short cycle times. FIPA offers a Varioflex® bellows vacuum cups with 1.5 bellows (SP-BX1 series) and 2.5 bellows (SP-BX2 series) and diameters ranging from 15 to 75 mm. FIPA Varioflex® bellows vacuum cups with 1.5 bellows can also be used as vacuum cups for gripping dry sheet metal. Supports prevent deep drawing effects when working with thin-walled sheet metal. FIPA Varioflex® bellows vacuum cups with 2.5 bellows are designed for applications that require good height and angle compensation, i.e. to demould injection moulding parts.
Series SBV: Bellows vacuum cups made of Vinyl
Whether flexible or curved products, FIPA bellows vacuum cups made of vinyl can grip flexible and curved goods with minimum leaking thanks to their soft vacuum cup material. Vinyl is an outstanding material with long service life, even when working with abrasive product surfaces. The bellows vacuum cups of FIPA’s SBV series are available with 1.5 bellows in diameters ranging from 5 to 70 mm as well as with 2.5 bellows in diameters ranging from 4 to 50 mm.
Series SL-PB: Bellows vacuum cups for chocolates
Chocolates are sensitive goods which pose big challenges in automated handling. FIPA SL-PB series bellows vacuum cups for chocolates utilise an extremely flexible and adaptable suction lip to ensure the leak-proof sealing of three-dimensional product surfaces. The vacuum cup material is FDA-compliant silicone and therefore approved for the handling of food.
Series SBF: Bellows vacuum cups with soft flexible sealing lip
FIPAs SBF series bellows vacuum cups with flexible lip are available with 1.5 bellows (series SBF-A and -B) and 4.5 bellows (series SBF-C). Thanks to their very fine and flexible sealing lip and the height compensation by the bellows, even the most sensitive products with uneven surfaces will be securely gripped. Within the SBF-A series supports on the sealing lip prevent the deformation of thin-walled products and highly flexible materials, such as films, from being sucked in. Due to their soft sealing lip and soft bellow, the SBF-B series bellows vacuum cups (1.5 bellows) are ideal for the smooth handling of curved and flexible products. The SBF-C series bellows vacuum cups (4.5 bellows) effortlessly compensate height and angle differences. They are a perfect fit for the smooth handling of goods packaged in pouches, sacks and bags.
Series SBU-VU: Universal vacuum cups with bellows, 1.5 to 2.5 bellows, made of Vulkollan®
As a highly durable plastic with extremely low wear and long service life, Vulkollan® is an outstanding material for FIPA’s robust universal bellows vacuum cups with 1.5 to 2.5 bellows. Due to their outstanding recovery behaviour, these vacuum cups are designed for use in systems with short cycle times. The SBU-VU series covers a diameter range of 9 to 62 mm.
Series SP-B: Modular bellows vacuum cups
FIPA modular SP-B series bellows vacuum cups cover a multitude of different applications with different models ranging in diameter from 5 to 160 mm. The assortment encompasses models made of various materials with long (4.5 bellows) and short stroke (1.5 bellows) – some are available with or without filters. Tepuflex® models are extremely wear-resistant. SP-B-series bellows vacuum cups are compatible with many common products from other providers. It is worth to compare.
Series SL-E: Vacuum cups for eggs
Eggs are among the most sensitive of goods in the food industry. With an optimised design, multiple bellows and long lift, the SL-E vacuum cups for eggs guarantee smooth touch down on sensitive goods. The bellows vacuum cup is made of FDA-compliant silicone. The model with a diameter of 33 mm provides a lift of 16 mm, the model with a diameter of 34 mm provides a lift of 39 mm.
Series SBPL-E: Bellows vacuum suction plates
Regardless of weather the products being handled are glass plates or other heavy, but delicate products – FIPA SBPL-E series bellows suction plates employ strong suction power, a soft sealing lip and a bellow with slight spring effect to provide the optimal properties for gently handling such goods. These suction plates adapt excellently to product surfaces with concave and convex surfaces. Rubber supporting surfaces prevent the deformation of sensitive, thin-walled goods.
Series SV-SB: Bellows vacuum cups with special connection for standard packaging machines
The packaging industry represents a special challenge for vacuum cups. FIPA bellows vacuum cups with special connection for common packaging machines enable incredibly smooth product handling. The vacuum cups compress slight when touching down. The selection includes models with 1.5 and 2.5 bellows made of natural rubber (NR) and FDA-compliant silicone (SI). SV-SB series bellows vacuum cups are available in the diameters 16, 30 and 40 mm.
Series SL-B: Vacuum cups for baked goods
Bakery goods pose special challenges for vacuum cups. The surfaces of bread rolls, muffins, bread, pizza and similar products from the food industry are irregularly structured and uneven. FIPA’s SL-B and SL-BD series vacuum cups for bakery goods have multiple bellows which enable smooth product handling and the required height compensation. The vacuum cup material is FDA-compliant silicone and therefore approved for contact with food.