Bimba Launches Plug-and-Play Vacuum End-Of-Arm Tooling for Collaborative Robots

Bimba Launches Plug-and-Play Vacuum End-Of-Arm Tooling for Collaborative Robots

University Park, IL. – June 12, 2018 Bimba, an industry-leading innovator of pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, and vacuum motion solutions, is proud to announce the launch of the Collaborative Robot Vacuum Tool (CRVT). This device offers a new plug-and-play end effector option for collaborative robots.
Developed to meet the versatile nature of collaborative robots, Bimba’s CRVT comes off-the-shelf as a complete solution - no external valve required. Although designed to support a variety of applications with minimal configuration, Bimba offers a wide array of pump options to enable users to meet the vacuum requirements of their application.

“Collaborative robots are making it easier than ever before for manufacturers to implement automation. With the CRVT, Bimba is looking to make the end effector as flexible and easy to use as the robot,” says Jeremy King, Product Manager for Bimba. “The CRVT is designed to be controlled using the I/O connection built into the robot. No additional software or controls are required. That means simply connecting the tool to the robot and supplying an air-line to it. Once that’s done, you’re ready to program!”

King continues, “Vacuum end effectors offer many advantages over mechanical grippers. They only require access to one side of the work piece. In addition, vacuum grippers can handle a variety of part sizes, shapes, and weights without making changes to the robot’s settings.”

As part of Universal Robots’ UR+ program, the CRVT is tested and approved to integrate directly with UR robots, ensuring set-up, programming, and operation can all be accomplished with ease. Compatibility with additional robotics manufacturers will be available in the future.

The CRVT comes standard with venturi vacuum pump, valve, vacuum switch, muffler and cups integrated in a single easy to use end effector. 

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About Bimba

Bimba is part of IMI Precision Engineering.  Bimba is a forward-thinking innovator providing industry-leading pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and vacuum motion solutions that are easy to use, reliable and ready for all engineering solutions. Bimba markets an extensive line of industry-leading products including pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators; valves; fittings; vacuum products; air preparation and a variety of safety and production solutions. In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, the company’s business develops many custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries.  

IMI Precision Engineering is a world leader in motion and fluid control technologies.  IMI Precision Engineering’s reputation rests on a world-class portfolio of high performance products, the innovation and technical expertise of its 6000 people, and an ability to deliver exceptional local service. A subsidiary of the £1.75 billion turnover engineering group IMI plc, IMI Precision Engineering has a sales and service network in 75 countries, technical centers in the USA, Germany, UK and China, and manufacturing facilities around the world.

About IMI plc

IMI plc, the specialist engineering company, designs, manufactures and services highly engineered products that control the precise movement of fluids.  Its innovative technologies, built around valves and actuators, enable vital processes to operate safely, cleanly, efficiently and cost effectively. The Group works with industrial customers across a range of high growth sectors, including energy, transportation and infrastructure, all of which are benefiting from the impact of long-term global trends including climate change, urbanization, resource scarcity and an ageing population.  IMI employs around 11,000 people, has manufacturing facilities in more than 20 countries and operates a global service network. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Further information is available at

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Jeremy King
Product Manager

Bimba Manufacturing Co.

Tel: +1 (708) 534-8544 ex. 3248

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