The right solution: eT-Gripper – Eurotech eT-Gripper suction boxes helped solve Slovakian client’s problem

With the help of mul­ti­ple eT-Grip­per suc­tion box­es, the vac­u­um spe­cial­ist Eu­rotech helped solve the ma­te­ri­al han­dling prob­lems of Ret­ten­meier Tatra Tim­ber s.r.o., the Slo­vak branch of Ret­ten­meier Hold­ing AG. Ret­ten­meier is a lead­ing, in­no­va­tive, mar­ket-ori­ent­ed com­pa­ny in the wood-pro­cess­ing in­dus­try.



When the Ret­ten­meier plant in Slo­vakia en­coun­tered prob­lems in han­dling its glued pan­els with mul­ti­ple por­tals, the com­pa­ny de­cid­ed to up­grade its ex­ist­ing vac­u­um com­po­nents to prod­ucts by eu­roTECH Ver­triebs GmbH. Be­fore the up­grade, the pan­els used to be trans­port­ed by steel vac­u­um lift­ing frame with suc­tion plates. This set­up no longer met the re­quire­ments of the new Ret­ten­meier prod­ucts. Jaroslav Pudiš, Plant Man­ag­er at Ret­ten­meier, con­tact­ed Eu­rotech. The Ger­man-based com­pa­ny of­fered Pudiš its eT-Grip­per suc­tion box­es with alu­mini­um vac­u­um lift­ing frames in­stead of the pre­vi­ous­ly used suc­tion plates for two por­tals.


“Our of­fer seemed to meet our client’s re­quire­ments ex­act­ly,”


Michal Mik­láš, Area Sales Man­ag­er at Eu­rotech, re­called. He is re­spon­si­ble for Ret­ten­meier in Slo­vakia.


“After we pro­posed to sup­ply suc­tion box­es for two por­tals, Ret­ten­meier prompt­ly in­creased their or­der to three por­tals. he vac­u­um lift­ing frames with our suc­tion box­es were de­liv­ered soon af­ter.”


Ret­ten­meier car­ried out the con­ver­sion of the por­tals to sup­port the new vac­u­um lift­ing frame.


“We have been very sat­is­fied with the new vac­u­um lift­ing frame,”


Plant Man­ag­er Pudiš com­ment­ed.


“So we rec­om­mend­ed the so­lu­tion to our oth­er branch­es, too.” 


Mik­láš re­counts:


“Not long af­ter­wards, we re­ceived the or­der for ad­di­tion­al por­tals to be equipped with our eT-Grip­pers on com­plete vac­u­um lift­ing frames. This could be a sol­id ba­sis for a con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion over the course of the next years.”


The Eu­rotech eT-Grip­per suc­tion box­es are used to pro­cess pan­els made of wood, met­al, ce­ram­ics and oth­er ma­te­ri­als. Their sur­face tends to be cov­ered in dust, saw­dust, pack­ag­ing sup­ports or bark residues, which is be­yond the ca­pac­i­ties of suc­tion plates. The eT-Grip­per suc­tion box­es have an adapt­able suc­tion mat, mak­ing them per­fect for such cas­es. The suc­tion mat cre­ates a vac­u­um-tight con­nec­tion be­tween the load and the suc­tion box by seal­ing the rough sur­face of the load while off­set­ting its lev­el dif­fer­ences. This makes the de­vices par­tic­u­lar­ly suit­able for use in sawmills and the tim­ber and fur­ni­ture in­dus­try.


Thanks to the mod­u­lar de­sign of the low-main­te­nance eT-Grip­pers, all com­po­nents are eas­i­ly ac­ces­si­ble: The suc­tion box­es, which are built from ma­te­ri­al-ef­fi­cient light met­al pro­files, can be opened and cleaned with lit­tle ef­fort. This in­creas­es their ser­vice life and en­sures hy­gien­ic, clean lift­ing. Our high-qual­i­ty ma­te­ri­al, ex­cel­lent work­man­ship and so­phis­ti­cat­ed tech­nol­o­gy en­sure re­li­a­bil­i­ty and a long ser­vice life. The Eu­rotech suc­tion box­es are par­tic­u­lar­ly ef­fi­cient han­dling tools thanks to their clear, mod­u­lar struc­ture, low wear rates and small num­ber of in­di­vid­u­al com­po­nents.

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