By DE StaffFluid Power Machine Building
Festo’s OVEL vacuum generator designed for small spaces close to the gripping area.
Festo unveiled its latest compact vacuum generator, the OVEL, suited for applications that involve quick, reliable small-parts handling. With a minimum housing width of 10mm, the OVEL features integrated solenoids – one for the ON/OFF function that is standard and an optional ejector pulse valve. After the vacuum is switched off, an electric pulse is generated by the solenoid to release the workpiece and purge the vacuum rapidly. The compressed air supply for the ejector pulse can be provided by the unit’s supply port or via a separate built-in connection. Other options available with the OVEL include a vacuum sensor that provides an electrical signal for monitoring vacuum levels. An optional open silencer dampens noise and reduces contaminant build-up.