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Smurfit Kappa Neuss installs FIPA Varioflex vacuum cups to prevent slippage

September 4, 2018 - Smurfit Kappa Neuss recently commissioned FIPA, a vacuum technology provider, with retrofitting its vacuum gripper system used to handle perforated cardboard packaging.


September 4, 2018
By P&PC Staff

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Smurfit, one of the world’s largest paper producers, formerly used grippers with bellows vacuum cups that would sometimes wear out too quickly and consequently lose the packaging during picking. 

As a solution for reliable handling of the abrasive cardboard packaging, FIPA used its Varioflex vacuum cups, which are bellows vacuum cups made from the composite material Varioflex, a special polyurethane in two different degrees of hardness, consisting of a soft and flexible sealing lip plus a strong body. The flexible lip seals securely against the cardboard packaging, ensuring high holding forces and low leakage. The stable body absorbs high transverse forces and prevents the load from slipping sideways. Due to their low wear, Varioflex vacuum cups have a long life cycle. 

The other component to the solution is FIPA ejector boxes, with high suction power for rapid evacuation.