Vacuum automation systems are complex entities made of many different, sometimes complicated, components. Outside variables heavily influence vacuum systems, and many people find themselves confused while deciding which components are best suited to their application.

EDCO is here to help. Our industry experience means that we will not only find the best system set-up for your application—we can also help you understand the basics and variables that impact that vacuum system.

Vacuum Pressure Guide

Vacuum is pressure that is less than the pressure of the surrounding atmosphere. This differential can be used to do work and determine the needed force to pick up a work piece or carry a load. The air temperature, local weather, and other factors can impact atmospheric and vacuum pressure levels as you carry out your application. To compensate for these variables, vacuum automation gauges will be referenced to local atmospheric pressure, keeping the measured vacuum pressure below atmospheric levels.

Check out our Vacuum Pressure Guide to learn more about vacuum pressure.


Vacuum Cups Resource

Also called suction cups, vacuum cups require a vacuum source to grip and lift a workpiece within a vacuum automation system. They are usually round as circular shapes evenly distribute the workload, do not collapse under vacuum pressure, and provide the most area for the occupied space. The size, material, cup style, and number of vacuum cups needed will vary depending on your planned application, the make-up of the work surface, and the weight of your load.

Read our vacuum cups resource to find out more.


Vacuum Generators & Vacuum System Training

Vacuum generators, also known as air-powered vacuum pumps, remove air molecules from a closed volume to achieve air pressure that is less than the atmospheric conditions. Vacuum generators can be single-stage pumps, high-flow, or multi-stage ejector designs. While all systems will experience pressure fluctuations, those fluctuations can be minimized. We recommend systems be designed for mid-range vacuum levels that are consistently attainable, no matter the external weather conditions or other atmospheric factors.

Visit our vacuum system training guide on vacuum generators to learn more.

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