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FIPA in practice: Gripping thin cardboard packaging without leaving marks
Thai brewery uses grippers with HNBR pads


FIPA GmbH offers grippers with replaceable HNBR soft contact pads for the gentle handling of sensitive parts. The brewery Beerthai Co. Ltd. uses series 100 grippers to effectively grip thin cardboard partitions.

FIPA in practice: Restack packages and sacks by pressing a button
In-house logistics solution with the FIPALIFT tube lifter


Ergonomic workplaces take the strain off personnel while increasing productivity in commissioning. IKEA Components in Slovakia also realized this and improved working conditions using FIPA handling solutions. Thanks to the flexible FIPA solution, the company can adjust perfectly to ever changing product and process variants.

FIPA presents: New Variopack® vacuum cups for stable P&P of flowpacks


FIPA GmbH is expanding its range of flat vacuum cups with the Variopack® SL-FP series. The extremely flexible sealing lip and inner cleats ensure that these wear-resistant vacuum cups are optimised for the highly dynamic handling of flowpacks. The materials used for sealing lip and fittings are compliant to FDA and EU 1935/2004 and therefore suitable for direct contact with food.

FIPA in practice: Smart lifting solution for in-house logistics processes


Swift order picking and ergonomic work can be done economically with the right lifting technology. With its fully automated logistics enhancement for edging specialist Rudolf Ostermann, FIPA has put into operation a very flexible solution for handling different package sizes.

FIPA presents: The FIPA tilting tool enables effortless moving of heavy panels


With its pneumatic tilting tool FIPA GmbH offers another energy-saving solution for increased ergonomic handling and industrial safety. The expansion to the FIPALIFT range of tube lifters tilts sheet metal panels and large components with a weight of up to 180 kg by 90°.

FIPA in practice: Tilting heavy panels at the touch of a button


The Irish company Ballingly Joinery 2000 Ltd ( is a well-known manufacturer of a wide range of doors. Their range of products also includes robust fire doors weighing up to 90 kg. In the past, lifting heavy weights put a lot of strain on the backs of production staff. In the coating line, for example, at least two members of staff had to lift the doors which arrived in a horizontal position and hang them on the chain conveyor – a dangerous and physically demanding job. Uncontrolled tilting of the heavy doors could cause an accident with considerable injuries.

FIPA presents: New look sprue gripper range


FIPA GmbH has completely overhauled its tried-and-tested series 90, 100 and 130 grippers. The wide product range offers suitable grippers for almost every application in the plastics industry. All products of this series now bear the red FIPA dot. In installations, FIPA is therefore immediately identifiable as the supplier of the gripper components used.

FIPA in practice: Reliable picking for cardboard packaging
Packaging manufacturer chooses the FIPA Varioflex® vacuum cup


Smurfit Kappa Neuss GmbH produces a range of different packaging from solid and corrugated board, including fruit and vegetable boxes, hybrid retail ready packaging, fruit punnets, powder boxes, trays, flower boxes and window packaging.

FIPA in practice: Easily move sweet loads
Confectionary manufacturer in Thailand decides in favor of FIPALIFT Expert


FIPA GmbH presented an ergonomic handling solution at the Propak Asia packaging trade show in the form of the FIPALIFT tube lifter and a mobile jib crane. The solution immediately convinced the confectionary manufacturer PhongChitt Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

Six times bigger than before: FIPA Ltd. is moving and expanding its presence in Thailand


FIPA Ltd. has operated as an independent subsidiary of the global specialist for gripper, vacuum and lifting technology since 2013. In 2017, the company moved to much larger premises along the Chao Phraya River Rama 3 Road. “This mainly allows us to stock a wider range of products and serve our customers even faster,” explains Tanachai Sriwongchai, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Furthermore, it is much easier to get to our new location, since we are now on an industrial estate conveniently situated near the airport.”

FIPA presents: The entire range of lifting technology products in one catalog


FIPA GmbH presents new and established products for highly efficient and ergonomic load handling in its new 160-page Lifting Technology Catalog HT02. With the help of our FIPALIFT tube lifters, the FIPA Spider and FIPA crane systems, tailor-made solutions can be implemented to provide a more efficient workflow and reduce the physical demands made on employees,” says Rainer Mehrer, president of FIPA.

FIPA in practice: A perfect flush cut
The FIPA dual-degating station impresses an injection molding manufacturer in the USA thanks to a zero vestige cut


Difficult task, tight deadlines, and superb result with on-time production: The storyline of an American first class injection molding facility’s collaboration with FIPA Inc. leads to a great success story.

FIPA in Practice: Manually tilt heavy paper rolls without effort
Customized solution for packaging machines with FIPALIFT Expert, tilting tool and suction shell


FIPA GmbH has developed and supplied a tilting tool for heavy paper rolls for a packaging services provider. The customized solution improves workplace ergonomics by relieving employees from tasks that could cause back injuries.

FIPA introduces new 2016 series sprue grippers


FIPA GmbH has released the new 2016 Series self-centering, gap-free sprue grippers. Featuring a wide jaw opening, high closing force, single-acting operation, and easy assembly and disassembly, the new grippers are also available with optional direct sensing capabilities and smooth or sawtooth jaws. The 2016 Series sprue grippers provide manufacturers throughout the automotive and plastics molding industries with an assortment of options designed to satisfy a broad range of gripping system specifications. This series is also the first to feature FIPA’s prominent, new red dot trademark symbol derived from the FIPA company logo.

FIPA in practice: Gripper system for protective film removal delivers cost- & labor-savings for sheet metal handling


FIPA GmbH recently created a custom EOAT solution that facilitates the removal of protective film from sheet metal with a cost- and labor-saving automated process. Developed for Foilpuller GmbH, a stainless steel sheet metal processing company based in Bobingen, Germany, FIPA’s system combines long lifecycle, high holding force vacuum cups with pressure regulating, air-saving compact ejectors to deliver reliable, non-slip sheet metal handling for the Foilpuller system.

FIPA releases: Robust, non-rotating internal spring suspensions for a broad range of automation industries


FIPA GmbH has released a robust new series of non-rotating internal spring suspensions. Designed to compensate for height and level differences in direct vacuum cup mounting applications without the need for or expense of additional fittings, as well as to ensure the gentle placement of vacuum cups on workpieces, the new suspensions exhibit extreme resistance to dirt and damage to deliver long lifetime performance, and were expressly designed for diverse applications.

FIPA in practice: A hot topic
Removing hot plastic parts with care


FIPA GmbH has developed a customer-specific gripper system for ZEIBINA Kunststoff-Technik GmbH that removes hot plastic parts from injection moulding machines without leaving tarnishing marks. The new gripper reduces staff’s workload and increases throughput.

FIPA presents: Grippers with HNBR elastomers gently demould sensitive injection moulded parts


FIPA GmbH offers grippers with temperature-resistant HNBR pads and fully-coated gripper jaws for applications in plastic injection moulding. The new 100 series grippers impress with the time and cost-saving replacement of their HNBR pads. The gripper with full HNBR coating of the jaws prevents scratching of the workpiece even in applications with restricted space conditions.

FIPA creates a lightweight EOAT
Weighing a slight 6.8 kg, FIPA’s latest custom EOAT solution delivers a superior strength-to-weight ratio


FIPA recently created a custom EOAT that complements and enhances the performance of an advanced robotic automation system. Designed for FANUC America Corporation, a leading global supplier of innovative robotics, CNC systems, and other factory automation solutions for industries spanning automotive and metal fabrication to food and pharmaceuticals, FIPA’s extremely lightweight, 6.8 kg EOAT solution extends the range of parts that their robots can handle, and helps maximise efficiency.

FIPA in practice: Vacuum gripper lifts heavy cardboard boxes safely in a repacking station


FIPA GmbH offers an alternative solution to package grabbing with its highly-efficient and process-reliable vacuum gripping systems. Individual cardboard box packages or whole layers can be handled without changing grippers and regardless of the position of the cardboard package.

FIPA expands its lifting technology: Ultra-flexible vacuum lifter for sheet metal and timber processing


FIPA entered into the lifting technology market in mid-2015. And now the specialist in gripper, vacuum and lifting technology based near Munich is really upping the ante: The company’s new FIPA Spider is a vacuum crossbeam that will set benchmarks on the market. Thanks to its lightweight aluminium structure, the FIPA Spider is extremely easy to handle. Its modular construction and extensive accessories mean that it can be customised. What’s more, the plug & play concept means that installation takes no time at all – making handling flat workpieces in sheet metal and timber processing child’s play. CEO Rainer Mehrer on the addition to the range: “As we have done with End-of-Arm-Tooling, we are positioning ourselves in this segment with a highly flexible product. Modularity for adaptation to suit customer needs is our core aim: The point at which special production begins for others has long been standard for us.”

FIPA in practice: Palletising cardboard boxes effortlessly with FIPALIFT


A tube lifter from FIPA GmbH is now providing relief for employees of the logistics service provider Agro-Norm when it comes to the energy-sapping task of order picking. The customised lifting solution consists of the tube lifter FIPALIFT Basic, to which a special gripper is attached with Varioflex® vacuum cups, and a wall-mounted jib crane.

FIPA in practice: Hand gripper for visual inspection of sensitive parts


Specifically for the company Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG, FIPA has developed a low-noise, customised hand gripper for the handling of sensitive plastic caps for optosensors without leaving any marks or contaminants.

FIPA in practice: Varioflex® vacuum cups for packaging automation



With its sturdy Varioflex® vacuum cups FIPA GmbH offers a solution for handling abrasive products, e.g. paper and carton in packaging lines. The automation specialist de Man has tested the vacuum cups on the “Heron” palletiser and is extremely satisfied with the results that were achieved.

FIPA in practice: Inspecting coded discs automatically
Vacuum-operated lifting cylinder picks up test pieces quickly and reliably


For STVision GmbH, FIPA GmbH has designed a customer-specific handling solution that takes coded discs out of a storage stack and brings them to a testing site. The handling solution is based on a vacuum-operated lifting cylinder that can stack and destack thin, fragile objects in short cycle times.

FIPA presents: New oval vacuum cups for sheet metal handling applications


FIPA GmbH is expanding its portfolio of solutions with an all-new line of oval vacuum cups for handling sheet metal. “We now offer a wide range of vacuum cups for handling sheet metal,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA innovation: Effortlessly handle metal sheets up to 290 kg
FIPALIFT tube lifters facilitate handling in sheet metal processing


FIPA GmbH is presenting innovative lifting solutions for sheet metal and metal processing industries at the Blechexpo 2015 in Stuttgart / Germany. “Our lifting technology helps ease the burden on employees and leads to greater efficiency in sheet metal processing,” said Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA in practice: Gently moving heavy wooden planks
Lifting solution for the wood industry with the FIPALIFT tube lifter


FIPA GmbH developed a customised handling solution to make the workplace more ergonomic and provide increased productivity for Krieger Treppen GmbH. The handling solution is based on the FIPALIFT Expert, which was adjusted to the task by using FIPA gripper and vacuum components.

FIPA presents: Gap-free grippers for secure workpiece removal


FIPA GmbH has completely overhauled its tried-and-tested Series 100 grippers. The improved version of the gripper can securely grip and detect very flat sprues and tabs (>1 mm).

FIPA presents: New ID grippers for parts with different diameters


Gently grip workpieces from inside: The pneumatically operated, single-acting ID grippers from FIPA GmbH are the alternative for workpieces with holes or gaps. “With our new range of ID grippers, we significantly stand out of the competition by offering maximum user flexibility and ease of service,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Quick-change systems with patented SAFE-LOCK


Quick and safe gripper changeover: FIPA has expanded its product portfolio to include quick-change systems with innovative SAFE-LOCK. An innovative snap-on mechanism combined with a visual locking indication further improves process safety.

FIPA presents: Grippers with all-round elastomer coating
Gentle handling of plastic parts


FIPA presents: FIPALIFT – Flexible lifting solutions for the movement of light to heavy loads
Intelligent vacuum technology that breaks new ground with material flow


FIPA did not invent vacuum technology, but made a great deal from it. As a result, the company has become a leading specialist for End-of-Arm-Tooling and lifting technology. Based on this expertise and many years of application experience, FIPA is presenting FIPALIFT tube lifters at the LIGNA 2015, a completely new system solution development for material logistics.

FIPA presents: All End-of-Arm-Tooling components in a single catalogue
Informative and clear: Gripper components and complete gripper systems


It belongs on the desk of every automation expert: FIPA GmbH offers a comprehensive compendium of gripper technology in its new End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT) catalogue GR07. According to Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA, "the entire competence of FIPA is now available in two catalogues in combination with the Vacuum Technology Catalogue VT01, published last year".

Automation with FIPA: Vacuum crossbeam lifts 1 ton of steel
Individual lifting solution for steel processing company in East Asia


In close cooperation with FIPA GmbH, South Korean DAHO TECH COMPANY has built a vacuum crossbeam for handling heavy steel plates. "Once again, our project with DAHO TECH COMPANY demonstrates our high level of expertise in vacuum technology. Even the heaviest products can be handled in a reliable production process using our lifting systems," says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Vacuum cups for sheet metal handling
A newly developed generation of cups for the sheet metal and metal processing industries


FIPA GmbH is entering sheet metal handling with a range of new products. The company is thus enhancing its already enormous range of vacuum cups and accessories for everything surrounding vacuum technology. “We are investing our expertise from over 20 years of involvement in material flow technology in a dynamic market into innovative products,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO at FIPA.

FIPA presents: Everything Vacuum Technology has to offer in a single catalogue
Nearly 800 pages filled with technical information, drawings and usage instructions


Indispensable for automation experts: FIPA GmbH is offering a comprehensive compendium of vacuum technology in the new VT01 Vacuum Technology Catalogue. “The new catalogue underscores our goal of offering the right solution for every need and for every industry in impressive form”, says Rainer Mehrer, CEO at FIPA.

FIPA presents: Sturdy Vacuum Gripping Systems for Automation
Flexible and economical, easy to maintain and long-lasting: Solutions for nearly every handling task


FIPA GmbH now offers a very wide range of vacuum gripping systems. “With all of our pertinent experience we are well-prepared to realise the right gripping system quickly and economically,” according to Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Heavy-duty spring levelers with excellent positioning accuracy
Long service life even under the toughest conditions


Maintenance-free and robust: The new SZ-NIV-HD series of heavy-duty spring levelers from FIPA GmbH offers innovative vacuum components for dynamic handling and short cycle times in rough production environments. “High-quality bearing material and design improvements ensure an exceptionally long service life,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Low-leak suction plates for sheet metal handling
Reliable suction with variable product geometries


Extremely reliable and highly flexible: With its new suction plates, SPLT series, FIPA GmbH makes automated sheet metal handling a lot easier. “FIPA is once again expanding its solutions for sheet metal handling”, says Rainer Mehrer, CEO at FIPA.

FIPA presents: Bernoulli vacuum cups for direct food contact
Non-contact and safe handling of delicate products


Greater holding force, less weight: With the new Bernoulli vacuum cups, FIPA GmbH offers a solution for gentle handling of food and other delicate products.“The new Bernoulli grippers are made from PEEK, a material suitable for use with foodstuffs, and meet the stringent requirements of hygienic design,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Website relaunch facilitates use
Find the right product with just a few clicks


Even more user-friendly layout, information on all of the products, practical CAD download: FIPA GmbH has completely redesigned its website, which now offers many useful extras. The FIPA products and all their relevant technical data can now be viewed online. “The system of categorization according to products and line-of-business applications, combined with the optimized search function, enable automation specialists and material-flow experts to find suitable products within a very short time. Functions such as the quotation list and the option to redirect the shopping cart both support the request for quotations,” Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA, tells us.

Automation with FIPA: Customised gripper protects employees’ backs


FIPA GmbH has developed a gripper for AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG that considerably improves ergonomics in the workplace. The gripper makes it easier to handle electric motors, shortens cycle times and offers a high degree of process reliability.

FIPA innovation: Varioflex® suction cup improves process reliability when removing injection molding parts from molds


Even though they have only just been launched onto the market, our new Varioflex® dual durometer suction cups are already being used by Tanne Kunststofftechnik, a long-standing supplier to the automobile industry.

FIPA presents: Compact ejector with blow-off boost for minimal cycle times
A highly dynamic vacuum generator for ultra-fast gripping and depositing in robotics


Ultra-fast cycle times, compact design: the new ejector from FIPA is a vacuum generator for automation applications and uses vacuum cups for highly dynamic handling tasks. "The patented blow-off boost of the new ejector makes it economically feasible to precisely deposit a workpiece in milliseconds," says Rainer Mehrer, CEO at FIPA.

FIPA short-stroke vacuum cup for flat surfaces: The space-saving vacuum cup with a high holding force


Handling of hot molded parts with ease: with these short-stroke vacuum cups, FIPA GmbH offers a further efficient solution for special handling tasks. Applications for these vacuum cups range from removing hot plastic moldings from injection molding tools through to handling workpieces with rough or grained surfaces. “The FIPA short-stroke vacuum cups represent a highly versatile solution component”, says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: A robust gripper with a large area sprue control
Securely remove workpieces during injection molding


High process reliability, compact construction: The new GR04.101A sprue gripper from FIPA offers a technically optimised solution for removing injection molded parts. “The new gripper scores well thanks to its newly developed, large area sprue control, in particular,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO of FIPA.

FIPA presents: Electrically and pneumatically controlled magnetic grippers
Flexible solutions for handling metal sheets and other ferromagnetic workpieces


High holding force, easy system connection: With its new pneumatically controlled magnetic grippers, FIPA GmbH offers an alternative to its popular electrically controlled magnetic grippers. “FIPA is the only company to have two different solutions for magnetic grippers for handling metal sheets and other ferromagnetic workpieces,” says FIPA CEO Rainer Mehrer.