Piab embraces Industry 4.0 with ergonomic lifting robot

By Jenny Eagle

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Piab piLIFT Smart. Photo: Piab.
Piab piLIFT Smart. Photo: Piab.

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Piab has launched piLIFT Smart, claiming it is ‘the first Industry 4.0 ready vacuum lifter’.

From the shape of the handle, to the hand guard, grip, and rotation of objects to the placement of variable speed controls and minimized operating sound level, every aspect of the robot has been designed with ergonomics and natural movements in mind. 

Movement sensor

The robot can sense and monitor movements, respond quickly to user intentions, and can lift and weigh loads simultaneously, collecting and logging data. 

David Collins, VP/head, Ergonomic Handling Division, Piab, said the machine is ‘a breakthrough in vacuum lifting’ because it is smarter, more energy-efficient and quieter. 

The capability of piLIFT Smart for collecting and analyzing data for the optimization of flows and processes is tremendous. I see great benefits for our customers in optimizing lifting techniques and ensuring the health of employees​,” he said. 

Collins added smart data features based on internet connectivity enable Piab’s piLIFT Smart vacuum lifter to deliver on the promise of Industry 4.0. 

Reduced power consumption

It can also ‘significantly reduce the risk of staff injuries’ because the vacuum lifters reduce the load on the operator’s body by more than 80%, while at the same optimizing productivity. 

With a reduced power consumption of 76 %, this adds to the benefits of the patented technology underpinning the new vacuum lifter,​” said Collins. 

With capacity to lift objects weighing 90 lb, piLIFT Smart offers the very best vacuum lifting technology to customers in a broad range of industries."​ 

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