Materials Handling

New Improved Vacuum Grippers from COVAL with Communications Interface

COVAL offers manufacturers a range of vacuum grippers suitable for handling of parts of various sizes, weights, and materials. This gripper range has been extended with the latest CMS HD series multistage vacuum pumps, developed by COVAL. With this enhancement, the new generation of grippers meets the demands of Industry 4.0 with greater robustness, communication, and modularity.
COVAL's range of vacuum grippers is based on two complementary solutions. The CVGL is characterized by its lightness and great adaptability. It is available as standard in several lengths, power ratings, and gripping interfaces.
The MVG, on the other hand, offers the possibility of configuring the gripper to allow it to be perfectly adapted to each application by determining the length, width, gripping interface, and vacuum generator while guaranteeing extreme lightness. It offers a tailored solution that integrates perfectly with handling robots.

HEAVY DUTY at the Heart of COVAL Vacuum Grippers
COVAL's new generation of vacuum grippers now incorporate the latest CMS HD series of vacuum pumps. These pumps have a heavy-duty design for high reliability even in harsh environments (IP65), capable of ensuring 50 million cycles. A factor of the pump’s longevity is their modular design which allows specific configurations and targeted maintenance of specific parts to optimize repairability.
As a result, the new generation of CMS HD multistage pumps adds to the vacuum grippers ́ reliability and adaptability.

Vacuum Grippers Become Intelligent
The new COVAL vacuum grippers offer a choice of three multistage vacuum pump configurations, depending on the needs of the integrator or end user: non-piloted, piloted, and communicating.
The communicating configuration, which makes the vacuum grippers easier to use and parameterize, is obtained by integrating the CMS HD VX version of the multistage pump.
The VX pump version features an IO-Link communication interface, compliant with the international IEC 61131-9 standard, for fast and cost-effective installation, continuous diagnostics, centralized parameterization, and efficient communication with higher-level protocols (EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, etc.).

It can also support a Human Machine Interface (HMI) with NFC interface, enabling the operator to read and modify setup parameters and diagnostics from a mobile device (Android or iOS) using the dedicated COVAL Vacuum Manager app.
With these pump capabilities, the new generation of COVAL vacuum grippers become even more versatile and perfectly compatible with the robot systems at the heart of Industry 4.0.
A Vast Range of Applications
Thanks to their great modularity and ease of integration in all contexts, CVGL and MVG vacuum grippers can be found in many industries: packaging, plastic, metal, and wood for handling porous and non-porous objects.

Qualities that make the difference:
• Solutions adapted to each process
• Configurable vacuum grippers
• Robustness, longevity, and economy of use
• Vacuum grippers with communications


Standard Arabia Inspection visits LEEA’s HQ in Huntingdon.

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) welcomed Standard Arabia Inspection Co Ltd, based in Al Jubail, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, to its Huntingdon office on 21 October 2022. During their business trip to the UK, Mohammed Imthiyaz, Manager – Operations, and Aldin Mathew, Business Development Manager,of the company were greeted at LEEA’s HQ by the Association’s Deputy CEO Andrew Wright and Training Manager David Thomson.

LEEA has pledged its support for Standard Arabia’s initiative to hold an Annual Meeting in Saudi Arabia during January/February 2023 to raise awareness of duty holder responsibilities and promote safer working practices in the region. 

Andrew Wright said:LEEA welcomes any opportunity to promote our vision of lifting and height safety industries that have eliminated accidents, injuries and fatalities. This is also an excellent opportunity for LEEA to present to our regional members’ stakeholders and promote the professional, gold-standard services that our members are able to provide to the sector.

Aldin and Mohammed were interested to see how the new LEEA Academy 2.0 training suite was progressing while receiving a demonstration of LEEA’s state-of-the-art Zoom training delivery workshops and new TEAM Card technology. 

Andrew Wright added: “Our thanks to Aldin and Mohammed for taking their time to visit us. We look forward to supporting your event next year.

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