The process of lifting heavy items in your industrial or manufacturing site should entail more than just a convenient crane. It should also feature suction cups designed to handle the materials you want to transport from one space to the next.
These items can be used alongside any piece of vacuum lifting equipment. But what is it about these cups that make them so important?
What These Cups Do For Your Site
Suction cups are large flexible items that use negative fluid pressure from air to affix themselves onto solid surfaces. The pressure on the cup occurs as gas molecules will collide with the material and the surface, thus creating a small vacuum.
The air between the cup and the object will be reduced as the space clears out and pressure is applied. This in turn allows the cup to bend down and gather up the material it is trying to collect. After this is done, the cup will lift up the material.
The cup may also be flexible. It can stretch outward as an item is lifted and is carried off the ground. In return, the cup will keep its vacuum seal on the surface and lift it to a new place. This in turn will allow the cup to keep a hold on the item as the seal is still intact.
The established grip can be very strong and capable of keeping an item from slipping off. The suction effect may last for a limited time though as the air pressure can move back into the space between the cup and the surface it is attached to. The equal pressure that may be established can cause the area to become loose.
What Are They Like?
The amazing thing about ordering these items to use on a vacuum sheet lifter is that they are amazingly varied. Some cups are round while others have an oval shape. Also, many cups are designed with flexible materials like silicone and chloroprene while Vulkollan, a special polyurethane material, may be used in other instances.
These can also be found in many sizes. Some models are as small as 15 mm in diameter while larger 200 mm options may also be found. These sizes come in many forms to help take care of the various needs that one might have for lifting and moving a variety of objects to and from different spaces in an industrial site.
Also, different suction cups can be designed for very specific applications. These include unique cups for sheet metal lifting that have longer strokes and have thicker bodies that can hold onto sheet metal materials. Some other cups may be designed for handling smooth glass materials or wooden planks and panels.
Your business processes can go smoothly by acquiring equipment to complement like these great cups. Whether you have wood, metal or glass handling equipment Australia has plenty of suction cup options for you to choose from. You can contact Millsom Materials Handling at 1800 99 22 11 to get a quality suction cup setup ready for your use. Millsom is available throughout all major Australian markets plus Auckland.More