Vacuum Stations – A Clever Design

The normal design for a vacuum lifter combines the ‘vacuum creating’ part, normally a pump and motor unit, with the suction foot. The device can then be suspended from a hoist or crane, for lifting the product.





However, this design has two potential problems:

1) When lifting small parts, the vacuum lifter can be physically quite large in comparison.

2) When using an existing hoist or crane with a low lifting capacity, the dead weight of the vacuum lifter plus the weight of the component, could mean that the safe working load is exceeded so a new hoist or crane is required.

So the answer to either or both of these problems is to split the heavier ‘pump and motor unit’ from the lighter suction foot. So the Vacuum Station was born!


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The ‘pump and motor unit’ can be mounted on the floor, on a pedestal, on the column of a jib crane or even on the crane itself. The much smaller and much lighter suction foot, or ‘tappet’ is then suspended from the hook of the hoist or crane and is connected to the pump and motor unit via an air hose.

The pump and motor unit retains a vacuum gauge and audible alarm and the tappet is also fitted with a vacuum gauge.



The tappet can be fitted with a quick change facility if you need to change between different suction pads.








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