In May, Piab acquired Joulin, a global leader of vacuum gripping solutions. Now, the company has integrated three of Joulin’s gripper ranges into its existing Kenos portfolio. However, solutions for heavy-duty industries will continue to be marketed under the Joulin brand.
As the market for material handling solutions is growing rapidly, Joulin has been a strategic fit into Piab’s business. Through the acquisition, Piab is evolving automation further by strengthening its position as an automation company in core industries and applications — as well as taking a significant step into the raw wood industry, building on Joulin’s 60 years of experience.
To further reinforce and expand the solutions business in heavy duty applications and the wood industry, these solutions consisting of large grippers and gantry cranes will continue to be marketed under the Joulin brand. The industry known experts will remain to design and build solutions matching individual customer needs and provide their top service.
At the same time, the selected gripper ranges developed by Joulin, including the MiniGrip, the FlexiGrip and the Safe&Light are integrated into the Kenos brand, which perfectly complements the existing Piab portfolio and further strengthens the support different needs of the customers.
The Kenos MiniGrip (KMG) is suitable for the FMCG, food & beverage and automotive industries. It is a foam gripper that can be adapted to tight clearance applications in an End-of-Arm Tool (EOAT). Its foam surface offers the versatility to pick a variety of different objects without adjustment. In case of uneven layer heights KMG can be equipped with level compensators without needing to change the mounting device.
The Kenos FlexiGrip (KFG) is suitable for food & beverage, automotive, and construction industries. It is a vacuum foam gripper that can be used as a single gripper on robots as well as on cobots, or combined into an EOAT for use with industrial robots. With its foam surface, it offers the flexibility to pick a variety of different products without adjustment. Its modular design provides the flexibility for fast and easy set-up in case of product changes as well as simple integration in to existing equipment.
The Kenos Safe&Light (KSL) is suitable for use in applications such as packaging, warehousing, and end-of-line production. Thanks to its special design — a carbon fiber structure holding a foam made body — it is extremely lightweight, allowing to make maximum use of the robot or cobot payload. It is a robust and simple solution for a broad range of purposes, particularly for palletizing applications in rugged and dusty environments.