Vacuum handling paper rolls

Aerolift has developed a range of lifters for vacuum handling materials such as paper rolls. A number of paper manufacturing plants currently have fully automated Aerolift vacuum lifters installed. In order to use the available storage space in these plants as efficiently as possible, the paper reels are stacked with a minimum distance in between. A stack can be as high as 15 metres.

Handling with an Aerolift vacuum lifter

After production, the paper is wrapped into a paper seal. Typically, there is much variation both in the length and diameter of the rolls. The rolls are mechanically placed upright; an Aerolift vacuum lifter then picks the paper rolls up by the top and transports them to storage.

The boost that creates the vacuum produces a vacuum sealed paper surface. The paper is now ready for handling. The vacuum lifter easily and quickly stacks the rolls and packs them together, maximising your storage space. A vacuum lifter is also a highly effective tool for transfers.

Handling paper rolls with the Aerogripper

In order to be shipped by sea, paper rolls must often be packed. However, when wrapped, the rolls can no longer be handled with vacuum technology without some special provisions. Aerolift is approached to develop a lifter that could handle the wrapped paper rolls without causing any damage to the packaging.

The hydraulic Aerogripper provided the solution. Instead of a vacuum, this six-armed paper gripper uses an electrical-hydraulic drive system. The Aerogripper is mostly used for transfer operations and preparing paper rolls for transport. Similar to the vacuum lifters, the Aerogripper lifts the paper rolls in an upright position. The paper gripper grips the paper rolls with its six arms, matching the parameters of the batch of paper rolls as they are placed with a minimum distance in between. The arms secure their grip around the paper roll. Thanks to its long gripper arms the Aerogripper can handle multiple paper rolls at a time. Aerolift have now further developed this hydraulic gripper into a mechanical gripper. The choice for either of these two systems would depend on personal preference and suitability for the application.

Vacuum for small scale handling of paper rolls

It can be feasible to vacuum-handle paper rolls even for small scale operations. While paper producers often have large storage capacity, storage facilities at paper users – notably the packaging and printing industry – are often limited. For this group of users, too, Aerolift offers various solutions. One such system includes vacuum lifters used in combination with forklifts and lifters for manual crane lifting operations.

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