Vacuforce Squid System
Vacuforce offers a unique universal vacuum lifting tool known as “The Squid” system. The Squid has been developed to offer the vacuum user a universal end of arm vacuum tool. It utilizes different “end effectors” such as vacuum cups, foam, orifice fittings and self closing valves. The Squid operates perfectly in a variety of applications, such as carton case palletizing.
Every Squid requires a Base Box. This is the top of the Squid system which mounts to the robot or lifting device. The cup plate will connect to the underside of the Squid. There are two types of cup plates - an orifice fitting option and the other for use with self closing valves.
Orifice fittings are used inside the cup plate when using vacuum foam or inside the vacuum cup fitting when using rubber vacuum cups. The orifice fittings restrict the vacuum air flow if the cup is not fully covered by the product being handled. Therefore the vacuum generator selected should be sized according to the potential leakage that may occur. This is a very simple and cost effective solution.
The SCV option requires a deeper cup plate to accommodate the self closing valves inside the Squid. The self closing valve will close if the vacuum cup does not seal properly against the load being handled; Therefore a much smaller vacuum generation device can be used. The Vacuforce self closing valve is also adjustable and therefore can be used on products which are porous. The valve rest position is under a spring force; Consequently, high inertia or inverted positioning of the Squid will not inadvertently close the valve.
The Squid is offered in component form to allow for a more flexible and easier approach to integration. The Squid consists of the following components:
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