Suction Cups are designed in a range of 19 diameters from 2mm to 200mm for use in delicate or heavy applications. SMC suction cups are available to fit many unusual shapes and are constructed from a variety of premium materials such as Silicon, NBR, Urethane, Fluorine etc. Installation options can be specified on either spring loaded buffers or threaded stems. Special application cups are also available such as check valve, porous material, annulus area etc.
If your production processes require the removal of air and gas molecules, you need a reliable vacuum generator. Vacuum generators enable you to keep your operations running smoothly, but with so many options available it can be hard to know which one is best for your business.
Fortunately, at Orange Coast Pneumatics, we offer an expansive selection of compressed air vacuum generators for diverse applications. Find the best solution for your business below.
Then, read below to learn more about this vital equipment. To ensure that you get the most out of your investment, it’s important to understand what a vacuum generator is, which industries use them, and how they work.
What is a Vacuum Generator?
Vacuum generators use compressed air to generate a vacuum using a venturi. This creates a low-pressure environment, often much lower than atmospheric pressure, which is ideal for a wide range of industrial processes. The vacuum generator draws in air or gas molecules, removing them from the process and often creating a “vacuum” that can be filled with other materials.
What Industries Use Vacuum Generators?
Vacuum generators are used extensively in many industries ranging from food production to automotive manufacturing. In food production, vacuum generators enable precise control over packaging and sealing processes by reducing oxygen levels inside the package.
In automotive manufacturing, vacuum generators are used to create low-pressure environments necessary for testing engines and other components. Vacuum generators also help remove outside air contaminants that could otherwise interfere with product functionality in industries such as aerospace, electronics, and medical device manufacturing.
How to Create a Vacuum with Compressed Air
Vacuum generators create a vacuum by reducing the air pressure inside an enclosed space. This is accomplished by connecting compressed air sources — such as pumps or blowers — to an intake valve.
The intake valve reduces the pressure of incoming air before it enters the vacuum chamber. Once inside the chamber, additional valves can be used to further reduce the pressure until a desired level of vacuum is achieved.
The entire process is automated and requires minimal user intervention. If you require precise control over your processes, vacuum generators are essential tools for creating high-quality products with consistent results.
Pneumatic Vacuum Generators from Orange Coast Pneumatics
SMC's air vacuum generators can be connected via a manifold or used individually. Multi-stage units with suction flow greater than 7 SCFM (200 l/min.) enable vacuum levels down to -27 inHG (-91kPa).
SMC's versatile generators take customization to the next level. Whether you require suction filters, sensors switches or supply/release valves integrated onto your device - our technology has you covered! Plus, we offer external vacuum distribution management for an all-encompassing package.
SMC ZK2 Vac Generator
The ZK2 Series of energy-saving vacuum generators from SMC is built to bring cost-effective yet reliable performance to your operations and processes. Designed for long periods of continuous use, these vacuum generators boast a robust build and construction that is able to withstand the most demanding industrial environments.
The SMC ZK2 vacuum generator series offers superior performance compared to our other single-stage generators, reducing air consumption by up to 93% and increasing suction by 50%. This remarkable efficiency is achieved through its innovative design, which uses a single-stage motor system with an integrated pressure sensor to monitor airflow.
ZM Vacuum Generator Series
The ZM Vacuum Generator Series is the perfect solution for businesses that require the removal of air & gas molecules from their product and operations. Featuring a patented design and advanced engineering, the ZM Vacuum Generator Series provides powerful and reliable vacuum generation without the need for costly auxiliary pumps or power sources.
These complete units feature a vacuum switch, an internal suction filter, a supply and break valve, and an exhaust silencer. They boast a compact size that boost portability and usefulness, while the dual-stage nozzle design increases suction flow by 40% over single-stage generators.
ZM series generators also boast a strong vacuum brake pressure for quick cycle times. Best of all, you can customize your generator in standalone or manifold configurations.
Find the Best Venturi Vacuum Generators at Orange Coast Pneumatics
A compressed air vacuum venturi system is vital in several applications across diverse industries. To find the best compressed air vacuum generator for your operations, reach out to our team today.
Vacuum Filters that prevent trouble in vacuum equipment caused by contaminants in the air. They are light weight and compact. Filter elements are easily replaced without tools.
Vacuum Switches provide a completely integrated, digital solution designed to monitor vacuum status. Vacuum sensor and switch outputs are integrated into ultra-compact, lightweight units. Easy push button calibration eliminates the need for tools. Available in either easy-to-read LCD with backlit or LED readouts which display current measured value as well as set points and output mode information. Vacuum sensor switch outputs are digital NPN or PNP and analog, with simple programming and multiple application features such as failure prediction and window comparator. Vacuum sensor switches can be integrated directly onto many vacuum generators.
You wouldn't ever want to install a positive pressure compressed air-driven system without some way to regulate it. Why, then, would you ever want to do the same thing with a vacuum-based system? The answer, of course, is that you would never want to do such a thing. That is why pneumatic vacuum regulators are a necessity.
No matter which direction that air is flowing in, you'll want to rig up some way to monitor and control its passage. That's important for safety reasons as well as efficiency-related ones.
Vacuum regulator products offer a variety of options including compact and lightweight design, and front or rear mounting of the vacuum pressure gauge. These vacuum regulators also offer standard panel mounting capability, adjustment resolution within 0.13kPa, and 1/8" to 1/2" threaded connection port sizes available.
Vacuum regulators come in almost every variety that you might expect to see other types of pneumatic regulation modules in. That means you'll have quite a broad choice when the time comes to pick out an individual module for your existing vacuum system.
Vacuum Generators For Commercial Operators
Whenever you select pneumatic components, you'll want to make a list of requirements. It doesn't matter which direction the air is flowing in for this process either. Once you find vacuum-driven components, you'll need to mark those as areas of potential need for vacuum regulators.
Engineers have often run into the issue of needing a module that doesn't take up a large amount of header space. That's especially true when it comes to installing pneumatic gear in any kind of case or other type of housing. This sort of arrangement is quite common in the manufacturing world, especially when it comes time to separate workpieces from the equipment itself.
If that's a concern of yours, then you'll certainly want to look into the ITV series of compact electro-pneumatic regulators. All ITV pieces are based on parts that are IP65 equivalent. Companies that have to maintain adherence to certain standards or, alternatively, need to keep them for their own purposes will be able to hold onto these.
Managers can have these installed at regular intervals so that they can be sure that the level of vacuum stays constant at all times. Users can rely on these modules to control air and vacuum pressure without stepping. Your level of control is genuinely analogous to these cases.
Digital control modules generally work along with a sort of ladder. When you change positions, you don't have any options between individual steps along the ladder. These modules instead work in proportion to an electrical signal. That's quite useful for anyone who finds themselves having to regularly adjust the amount of vacuum force being applied to an air circuit and wants to have more control over the process than usual.
All you have to do is simply twist a dial or adjust a single setting in order to maintain the desired level. This gives you a great deal of fine-tuning control that you wouldn't otherwise have with other comparable systems.
On top of this, they're light on weight and come with bright easy to read LED display screens. This enables you to monitor output at will. All you have to do is watch a single screen. It's as easy as glancing at a clock or any other one of the countless display terminals that you doubtlessly take a look at occasionally in our increasingly technology-driven world.
The device is either provided as analog or switched in terms of output. Best of all, it's easy to install IRV parts because of the convenient IRV 10/20 mounting bracket. These brackets easily assemble on top of all IRV 10/20 series components, which helps to ensure that they don't ever move out of place when you don't want them to.
Those who might want to work with ITV2000 series components can even go so far as to get a regulator kit, which will come with all of the components that they need to get the job done without having to wait around for any additional parts at a later date. That should help make the installation process even faster, especially for beleaguered companies that need to be up and running fast.
Mounting Parts For Vacuum Generators
In many cases, people have had to come up with unusual methods of installing a vacuum regulator so that it doesn't shift position when pressure is applied to your air circuit. This isn't exactly done to spec, and therefore it may be looked at as unsafe.
Fortunately, this system completely alleviates that problem by giving you a component with which to properly affix your vacuum regulator in position. Over time, you shouldn't notice too much deviation. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and pressure of the circuit that you're working with you might not notice any measurable level of motion beyond what would be considered a normal tolerance.
Even if you do have to make adjustments in the future, your equipment will be easy to maintain if it's been installed correctly. All you have to do is periodically check your vacuum regulator like you would any other piece of pneumatic equipment.
It's genuinely that simple, which should be good news for small business owners who have to do all of their own maintenance work and therefore can't dedicate too much time to each individual project. If you want to stay safe at all times, then you'll want to make sure that all of your pieces are connected properly.
Vacuum Regulators For Safety
Some engineers might look at vacuum generators as a way to provide a certain level of safety in the first place. They ensure that your vacuum force levels don't go too far out of specifications in either direction. While you might think of too much force as dangerous in many circumstances, too little can also be a serious problem since it could prevent certain motions from occurring at the times that they're supposed to.
Vacuum Saving Valve
ZP2V is a vacuum saving valve that when multiple vacuum pads are operated by one vacuum generator, and some of them are not holding the work piece, the reduction of vacuum pressure is restricted and the work piece can remain held by the rest of pads. When the work pieces have different shapes, the control circuit can be simplified. There is no need for switching operation when changing work pieces.
High Vacuum Products
High vacuum products are useful for manufacturing. Companies that are engaged in sensitive manufacturing sectors need equipment that's every bit as sensitive as their workpieces are.
If you're in the electronics industry, then you're probably more than familiar with sensitive calibrations. Even the slightest unexpected variable could stop your entire operation in its tracks. You want to do everything you can to avoid this.
That's where SMC's high vacuum products come in, which are available from Orange Coast Pneumatics. These are fine-tuned to ensure that they can work within tolerances regardless of external stimuli. As long as you make sure not to exceed certain operating specifications, these can function in the most sensitive of circumstances.
Vacuum chambers are generally used in the semiconductor manufacturing process. The peripheral equipment used to exhaust air from the supply atmospheric pressure to the vacuum chamber such as valves, pressure switches, cylinders and gate valves should meet conditions such as non-leakage, clean specifications and corrosion resistance. SMC's high vacuum products meet those demands.
In many cases, all you need to do is have the dimensions of your adapters and the maximum amount of vacuum you're going to be working with in order to get this kind of equipment to interface with your existing installation. While the engineering involved is extremely precise, this is all you'll often need to get your system completely integrated.
Vacuum Chamber Products & Accessories
Consider the sensitivity of workpieces in this sector. Thus there's reason to believe that chip manufacturing lines could simply suddenly fail for almost inexplicable reasons. By investing in vacuum components that don't use potentially dirty external sources of energy, you'll be sure that you don't inject an exterior variable into the equation.
Many people who work as technicians in the industry only trust pneumatic power sources. This is because they can't use electrical or other alternative systems. To that end, engineers have made sure to put together a collection that should work for individuals who find themselves in this particular market segment.
When it comes to valves, you'll have your pick. Take a look at both angle and in-line valves. They can help you route a vacuum system in any direction that you'd prefer.
If you want to connect a valve directly to an air hose that's carrying a degree of negative pressure, then you can do that. Cut a hose to different parts of an air circuit. Slipping the valve in one direction could power one section of the circuit and it can then redirect power to the opposite side.
You could also theoretically use a valve as a hard shutoff, which is again something that should be of particular interest to those in the semiconductor industry. If you ever had to stop a fabrication process, then you could do it simply by using a valve to stop the spread of vacuum energy.
Exhausting pressure isn't difficult with these either, because they're designed to work with an exhaust as part of an exchange with the outside environment. Blow offs and exhausts can be added to any system that you're working with to improve safety and make them work efficiently. Good planning ensures that they'll work unfettered at all times to keep the air moving.
High Vacuum Applications & Compressed Air
Keep in mind that vacuum suction is simply compressed air pressure in the opposite direction. Components designed to function with traditional pneumatic equipment might work in a vacuum-powered environment as well.
Vacuum chambers provide an interesting opportunity for those who want to explore the possibility of coming up with unique and unusual layouts. If you've wanted the chance to plan out your own installation, then you can build one around this kind of equipment without too much difficulty.
Over time, engineers have put together a number of devices that can vacuum away debris or move particulate matter from one location to another. If this is what you're trying to accomplish, then some of these parts should be able to provide the degree of vacuum suction that you're looking for.
Some operators work with vacuum-actuated gear or have other more esoteric manners of manipulating workpieces. They should also find that these components are very useful for their particular circumstances.
Take a few moments to think up every situation where you might need a vacuum chamber in your organization. Chances are that you might come up with a large number of circumstances where this kind of technology might be useful, so it might be seen as fortunate that you can get relatively large numbers of these components to get the job done.
Interfacing Ultra High Vacuum Parts With Other Workflows
Various other purpose-built items have ended up on the market. Some valves are designed to fit the needs of people who want to work with SMC's high vacuum products and need to maintain an extremely high degree of vacuum.
They meet the challenges of people who find themselves needing to work with this level of suction. The products can work with a set of slit valves that are capable of processing and maintaining high levels of vacuum suction.
There's also a compatible smooth vent on the market as well as a set of solenoid valves, which should be attractive to those who want to use electrical power to supplement their pneumatic vacuum workflows. Nevertheless, you might be able to interface some equipment that wasn't purpose-built for the task either.
Take a look at the total amount of vacuum either used or generated by a particular air circuit and then check any part from SMC or distributed through OC Pneumatics. When components are compatible with vacuum pressure, it'll provide a certain specification that will tell you how much it can take.
Naturally, you don't want to ever operate a component out of its specification. This is neither safe nor is it advisable. That being said, if you are within the original operating specifications and all of your connectors fit together properly you shouldn't run into any major issues.
Consider pairing SMC's high vacuum products with high-quality fittings and other durable adapters that give you the freedom to connect all of your gear together in a stable way that holds together without any deterioration.
Vacuum away smoke, debris, and fine particles from the work area. Features both suction and blowing modes.
Other Vacuum Equipment
Series SP adsorption plate was developed with an extremely flat surface to preserve the flatness of a workpiece surface, and adsorb without deforming. The ZCUK series is a non-rotating free mount cylinder for vacuum applications. The ZCUK was created by providing a vacuum passage in the rod of the CUK cylinder to enable a vacuum pad to be installed on the end of the rod. Series AMJ is effective for removing water droplets from the air sucked into vacuum pumps and ejectors. Series AMV exhaust cleaner separates and removes over 99.5% oil mist in compressed air and solid particles of more than 0.3µm.