Vacuum Cups and Vacuum Generators

Vacuum cups and generators are essential parts of pneumatic vacuum systems, especially in industrial manufacturing. That said, it is critical to choose the most effective cups and generators for each task that requires it within a project.

Generators and cups typically work together when picking up items along the assembly line. They are used in either automatic or manual handling applications.

The shapes and sizes of cups depend on the task they are required to perform. The same is true for the level and flow of vacuum required of the vacuum generator.

Generally speaking, the larger and heavier the items are that need to be lifted, the wider the diameter of the cups and the stronger the vacuum.

The most effective vacuum cups and generators can only perform at optimum efficiency when used with the best pneumatic accessories, filters, regulators, lubricators, air control valves, and other parts of the pneumatic system. Access the following links to learn more about our recommended products.

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Motion & Mechatronics

  • Rotary/Linear Motion
  • Sizing/Consultation
  • Motors/Drives/Control
  • Robots
  • Conveyors

Sensors & ID

  • Presence
  • Inductive/Capacitive
  • RFID/Bar Code
  • Safety


  1. Networks (LAN/WAN)
  2. HMI/Web Panel
  3. Remote Access/Monitor


  • Horizontal Millin – 5 axis
  • Vertical Milling = 5 axis
  • Turning (up to 14″)
  • Swiss Turning (approximately 3 – 20 mm)
  • CAD Solidworks
  • Gibbs & Surfcam


  • UL508A Certified Panel Shop
  • Control Panel Build
  • Enclosures
  • Value Added Sub Assemblies: Pneumatic, Mechanical, Electrical, Build to Print
  • Horizontal Millin – 5 axis
  • Vertical Milling = 5 axis
  • Turning (up to 14″)
  • Swiss Turning (approvximately 3 – 20 mm)
  • CAD Solidworks
  • Gibbs & Surfcam

Frequently Asked Questions About Vacuum Cups and Generators

There are several variables to consider when building a functional pneumatic vacuum system, including the following:

  • Vacuum flow
  • Free air capacity
  • Vacuum force
  • Compressed air
  • Air supply pressure
  • Evacuation time
  • Energy consumption
  • Lifting force
  • Volume

Industrial applications take up the bulk of uses for pneumatic vacuum systems. Vacuum force is measured in inches of mercury (in.-Hg). Industrial applications usually require a vacuum force range of anything between 6 to 29.5 in.-Hg.

Our range of vacuum cups and generators can be used in a wide variety of applications.

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