Vacuum End Effectors VEE

Configuring Rather than Designing


  • Fast and cost-effective design of vacuum end effectors for highspeed packaging processes
  • Pick-and-place applications with Delta, SCARA and articulated robots
  • Fully automated filling of cardboard boxes in case packers
  • Use in primary and secondary packaging processes
  • Transporting products into top-loading machines as well as in cardboard box and tray aligners
  • Use in flexible packaging machines with frequent format changes

(1) Flange plates for standard types of robots

(2) Flange modules rigid or rotating by 360°; can be extended (optional)

(3) Basic modules

(4) Connector node

(5) Top connector G3/8"-F or closed

(6) Bottom connector incl. sealing element G1/8"-F, G1/4"-F, G3/8"-F or closed

(7) Stabilization elements (available as a suction cup accessory)

(8) Screw cover (optional)

(9) Vacuum suction cups (can be selected from the Schmalz product range)

(10) Connection tubes

(11) Plugs for partitioning into different vacuum zones

(12) Plugs

(13) Solenoid valve for active blow off

(14) Vacuum modules flange modules with integrated vacuum generation

Overview of Highlights

Individual configuration

  • Flexibly configurable, perfectly coordinated individual components
  • Variable number and positioning of the suction cups
  • Hose-free vacuum distribution
  • Optional integrated vacuum generation available

Reduced construction and manufacturing efforts

  • Online configurator for designing the end effector in just a few minutes including the creation of CAD data and parts lists
  • Minimizes configuration and production time by more than 80 %
  • Reduces manufacturing costs

Extremly lightweight

  • Complete end effectors weighing as low as 150 g
  • Designed for high-speed applications with accelerations up to 10 g (100 m/s²)

Outstanding hygiene properties

  • FDA compliant material (high performance thermoplastic)
  • Excellent resistance to alkaline agents

Assembly service

  • Upon request, we can deliver your custom-configured vacuum end effector VEE as a complete unit

Vacuum Suction Cups for the Packaging Industry

Grippers for Individual Workpiece Handling

Customized Vacuum End Effector VEE-SLS

  • VEE system expansion for handling complex 3D-shaped products
  • Low weight by sintered polyamide
  • Warp resistant gripper for increased cycle speed and load capacity
  • Realization of complex custom-shaped grippers by innovative sinter technology 
  • Hose-free vacuum distribution (standard) and integrated vacuum generator (option)

Schmalz Vacuum Generator ECBPi

Intelligent Extension with Matching Vacuum Generator

Configure and connect VEE with ECBPi easily − individually for each application.

(1) Collaborative robot (all common cobot models)

(2) Robot flange for mechanical connection of the electrical vacuum generator ECBPi

(3) Flange adapter plate

(4) M12 8-pin plug connection or terminal block as digital interface between the ECBPi and the robot

(5) Flange for gripper connection

(6) Flexibly configurable grippers from the modular system for vacuum end effectors VEE

Technical Data

Specification Specification Vacuum end effectors from the VEE system
Max. rated flow 60 m³/h
Max. vacuum value -980 mbar
Overpressure resistance up to 3 bar
Temperature range -25 °C to +80 °C
Material High performance thermoplastic (compliant with FDA guidelines)
Max. load capacity 2,000 g

Design Data

Vacuum end effectors VEE can be freely configured within the framework values. When used in connection with our wide selection of suction pads, the possibilities are practically endless.

Specification Specification Vacuum end effectors from the VEE system
Minimum configuration
Maximum configuration
Basic module 1-connection 4-connection
Suction pad connection thread G1/8“-F, G1/4“-F, G3/8“-F G1/8“-F, G1/4“-F, G3/8“-F
Gripper size (L/W) 38 x 38 mm 300 x 200 mm
Weight1 65 g 500 g
Qty. of suction pads 1 12
Workpiece sizes (L/W) 15 x 15 mm

400 x 300 mm

1without flange module and suction pad

Vacuum End Effector VEE Starter Set

Whether for use directly in a robotic system or as a handy design tool - with the VEE starter set you have all of the most important components for quickly assembling your end effector right at your fingertips.


120-piece starter set with all of the components necessary for installing up to two VEE vacuum end effectors, including:

  • 8 vacuum suction pads SPB4-30 for bags and flexible packaging
  • Lockable quick-change adapter with bayonet mount

Supplied in a sturdy plastic case with detailed assembly instructions.

Ordering Data

Type Article No.
VEE starter set

VEE Starterset in our Online Shop

VEE online configurator

With the VEE online configurator, you arrive at an individually tailored end effector solution with just a few mouse clicks.

Your benefits

  • Live 3D preview of the configuration
  • Creation of a 3D PDF data sheet including a parts list and CAD data
  • Simple importing in your consisting construction
  • Quick request for proposal (RFP)

You must log in to the online shop to start the configurator.

Start the configurator on the product page of the VEE Starter Set

Modular elements

Components and Gripping Systems in Action

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