Suction Cups

What is a Suction Cup?
Suction cups are also known as Vacuum cups, Vacuum pads, suckers, and Pneumatic suction cups plus they are often used as suction grippers. Suction cups attach to various surfaces from flat to uneven and provide a safe and secure way to move and hold products, automatically or manually. The suction cups mould to the shape of the object they are handling without causing any damage. Suction cups are manufactured from a range of materials and perform well in many environments from light duty to heavy industrial.

How do Suction Cups work?
A suction cup works by having less air pressure on one side of the cup than the other side of the suction cup. When pressure is put onto the suction cup it forces air out of the area, creating a vacuum. The vacuum created enables you to move and lift any product. Suction cups will not work when there is a low atmospheric pressure. You ensure that the suction cup surface is clean and free from dirt or grit ensuring maximum grip.

How Do Pneumatic suction cups work?
When a suction cup contacts the surface of an object, it activates a vacuum generator (such as a blower, vacuum ejector or vacuum pump) that draws air from the space between the cup and the item. As soon as the atmospheric pressure is greater than the pressure between the object and the cup, atmospheric pressure presses the suction cup against the item, holding it firmly.

What is Holding Force?
Holding force is the amount of force required to move an object. This is measured in “Newtons” (N) and when looking for the right suction cup for your use ensure you choose a suction cup that will lift, move the weight and size of the object.

What are Suction Cups made of?
Suction and vacuum cups are made from various material to suit any environment, from the home to industry.
• Rubber
• Silicone
• Nitrile
• Polyurethane
• Fluororubber
• Silicone rubber

Materials suction cups will handle
• Metal
• Glass
• Plastic
• Wood
• Paper
• Food
• Media
• Printing

Suction Cup Types Available

Bellows – excellent for concave and convex shapes. Require minimum pressure. Work on slanted surfaces. Absorbs any alignment problems.

Deep – Excellent with curved objects. Enhanced grip.

Flat - Excellent for glass, metal sheets and cardboard. Any flat or smooth surfaced material.

Suction cups are available in a range of shapes, sizes and design and will handle most products. There is a suction and vacuum cup suitable for every industry and application.

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Description Price Manufacturer Series Pad Type Pad Diameter Pad Material Holding Force With Buffer Vacuum Entry Direction Connection Type Threaded Connection Size Tube Outside Diameter CAD Drawing
RS Stock No. 227-6782
Mfr. Part No.ZP08BS
BrandSMC
£5.63
Each
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ZP Bellows 8mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3929
Mfr. Part No.ZP16BS
BrandSMC
£7.76
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ZP Bellows 16mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-383
Mfr. Part No.ZPR50CN-08-B8
BrandSMC
£21.74
Each
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ZPR Flat with Rib 50mm NBR - - Lateral Female Thread M8 x 1.25 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-333
Mfr. Part No.ZPR25CNK10-08-A10
BrandSMC
£49.29
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ZPR Flat with Rib 25mm NBR - Yes Lateral Male Thread M10 x 1 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-428
Mfr. Part No.ZP50CN
BrandSMC
£4.97
Each
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ZP Flat with Rib 50mm NBR - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3884
Mfr. Part No.ZP06BS
BrandSMC
£5.63
Each
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ZP Bellows 6mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-355
Mfr. Part No.ZPR10CN-06-B5
BrandSMC
£19.21
Each
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ZPR Flat with Rib 10mm NBR - - Lateral Female Thread M5 x 0.8 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3890
Mfr. Part No.ZP10BS
BrandSMC
£7.19
Each
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ZP Bellows 10mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3705
Mfr. Part No.ZPR06UNK6-06-A8
BrandSMC
£39.73
Each
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ZPR Flat 6mm NBR - Yes Lateral Male Thread M8 x 1 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3761
Mfr. Part No.ZP08UN
BrandSMC
£2.50
Each
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ZP Flat 8mm NBR - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-311
Mfr. Part No.ZPR10CNK10-06-A10
BrandSMC
£48.30
Each
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ZPR Flat with Rib 10mm NBR - Yes Lateral Male Thread M10 x 1 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3682
Mfr. Part No.ZPX80HN-B01-B10
BrandSMC
£22.68
Each
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ZPX Heavy Duty 80mm NBR - - Lateral Female Thread M10 - -
RS Stock No. 703-6249
Mfr. Part No.1820415037
BrandAventics
£9.99
Each
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BSG Bellows 20mm Fluoromethyl Silicone 5.7N - - Male Thread 1/8 in - -
RS Stock No. 227-3828
Mfr. Part No.ZP32CN
BrandSMC
£3.78
Each
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ZP Flat with Rib 32mm NBR - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3957
Mfr. Part No.ZP32BS
BrandSMC
£9.65
Each
Units
ZP Bellows 32mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 703-6245
Mfr. Part No.1820415035
BrandAventics
£15.55
1 Bag of 2
Bag(s)
BSG Bellows 15.6mm Acrylonitrile Butadiene Rubber 2.3N - - Male Thread 1/8 in - -
RS Stock No. 227-3777
Mfr. Part No.ZP80HN
BrandSMC
£12.36
Each
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ZP Heavy Duty 80mm NBR - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 227-3676
Mfr. Part No.ZPR06UN-04-B4
BrandSMC
£17.08
Each
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ZPR Flat 6mm NBR - - Lateral Female Thread M4 x 0.7 - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 227-3979
Mfr. Part No.ZP50BS
BrandSMC
£12.40
Each
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ZP Bellows 50mm Silicon Rubber - - - - - - 3D CAD Model
RS Stock No. 725-377
Mfr. Part No.ZPR25CN-08-B6
BrandSMC
£20.21
Each
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ZPR Flat with Rib 25mm NBR - - Lateral Female Thread M6 x 1 - 3D CAD Model
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