FIPA presents: Vacuum cups for sheet metal handling
A newly developed generation of cups for the sheet metal and metal processing industries


FIPA GmbH is entering sheet metal handling with a range of new products. The company is thus enhancing its already enormous range of vacuum cups and accessories for everything surrounding vacuum technology. “We are investing our expertise from over 20 years of involvement in material flow technology in a dynamic market into innovative products,” says Rainer Mehrer, CEO at FIPA.

High demands are placed on vacuum cups in the sheet metal and metal processing industries. The prerequisites for the reliable handling of sheet metals include a very good service life thanks to good resistance to wear and simultaneously great holding force, slip-resistance and freedom from paint-wetting impairment substances (PWIS) and silicone. The completely newly developed generation of FIPA vacuum cups for sheet metal handling fulfils these requirements and offers unbeatable quality at competitive market prices. A broad spectrum of products is available for the automated production and handling of sheet metal pieces in the automobile, machinery and plant construction sectors as well as in the sheet metal and metal processing industries.

Vacuum cups for handling of oily sheets

The new flat and bellows vacuum cups in the SM-F and SM-B ranges are perfectly suited to the dynamic handling of sheet metal. Anti-slip cleats ensure a high degree of slip resistance and the absorption of transverse forces, even for oily sheets. Sheet metals can thus be handled more safely even in high speed processes. Supports help to prevent deep-drawing or deformation of thin sheets, as required for example in car manufacturing. Both flat and bellows vacuum cups feature an adjustable sealing lip. This means that the flat vacuum cups can be suctioned onto slightly convex surfaces and do not leak.

The bellows vacuum cup with 1.5 folds is geared towards the handling of sheet metals with more convex surfaces; due to their geometry these allow the handling of three-dimensional, shaped sheet metals and ensure good buffering for the positioning of the vacuum cup. Both vacuum cup types are available optionally with five different connection threads or with a rectangular quick-change adaptor.

Vacuum cups for handling of dry sheets
The new FIPA Varioflex® vacuum cups are perfectly suited to the handling of dry sheets, for example in the production of “white goods” such as dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and fridges. The particular construction features of this series include the soft sealing lip, which sits seamlessly onto dimensionally stable bellows. These prevent uncontrolled lateral contraction within wide limits. The soft sealing lip (30° Shore) is highly flexible and offers a high holding force, even on uneven surfaces; it also minimises micro-leakages. The bellows balance out height differences in three-dimensional parts. The dimensionally stable body (60° Shore) offers outstanding reset force and enables fast cycle times. The low-marking Varioflex® vacuum cup scores points for its high degree of stability, its long service life and its resistance to wear.

FIPA Vacuum Technology Catalogue

Many more FIPA vacuum cups can be used in sheet metal handling, including bellows vacuum cups made from Vulkollan® and established flat and bellows vacuum cups from the standard range. We would be delighted to assist you in selecting the vacuum cup most suitable for you. Please contact us.

Right at the front, the new FIPA Vacuum Technology Catalogue presents the vacuum cups suitable for sheet metal handling. The products relevant to sheet metal handling can be found here.

FIPA vacuum cups for sheet metal handling at a glance:

  • Slip-resistant even for oily sheets: Flat and bellows vacuum cups in the SM-F and SM-B ranges for dynamic sheet metal handling
  • Very good service life: Optimum materials ensure good resistance to wear
  • High process reliability: High holding force for a high degree of dynamics during application
  • Free of silicone and other paint-wetting impairment substances (PWIS): These are not permitted for use in products that will later be painted or coated. The new flat and bellows vacuum cups in the SM-F and SM-B ranges fulfil this requirement as a matter of course.