The Kenos KVG series of vacuum grippers from Piab, Hingham, Mass., now includes the option of using suction cups instead of the technical foam pads to help address certain materials that may be difficult to grip.

Using Piab’s proprietary air-driven multi-stage COAX technology, the Kenos KVG gripper series is designed to safely grip, lift and handle objects, with focus on packaging and furniture industries. Standard models use a replaceable technical foam pad that molds itself around objects to provide a strong grip regardless of shape or dimensions. FDA-approved foam pads are available, and the number of pitch holes and the thickness of the foam can be varied to suit different applications.

Piab’s Value Line suction cups come in flat-concave, bellows and long-bellows shapes, with long thin lips for good sealing on slightly corrugated surfaces, such as corrugated cardboard.

The company’s DURAFLEX suction cups combine firm bellows with soft, flexible lips made from a specially developed material that features the elasticity of rubber and wear resistance of polyurethane, making them particularly suitable for uneven and porous surfaces.