Online Tool for Vacuum Systems

Piab unveils OVM Pro 3D software that simplifies configuration, simulation, and optimization of vacuum systems, offering error reduction, cost savings, and a user-friendly interface.

Piab Ovm 3 D Pro

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Piab has launched its OVM Pro 3D, an online tool designed to transform the way vacuum systems are configured, simulated and optimized.

"OVM Pro 3D represents a major leap forward for the design of vacuum systems," says Josef Karbassi, acting president of the Vacuum Automation Division.

Ever since Piab assumed its leading position within vacuum automation engineering, the company has sought ways to simplify the system design process for all worldwide customers.

“In short, we wanted to make configuration and optimization of vacuum-driven systems available to just anybody interested in conforming their processes in that direction”, says Johnny Skagersjö, senior application engineer of the Vacuum Automation Division.

After more than two years of development, Skagersjö and his team now can proudly present the solution. OVM Pro 3D, which stands for "Optimal Vacuum Management Professional," leverages advanced 3D modeling and simulation to streamline the system design process on-line, offering a range of benefits from control and efficiency to significant cost savings.

"OVM Pro 3D represents a major leap forward in DIY configuration and optimization of vacuum systems. Our focus on user experience and detailed performance data aims to make the process more intuitive and error-free," says Karbassi.

Open online format

The OVM Pro 3D software will be provided in an open format on and packed with features aimed at improving user experience and enabling detailed performance insights. Some of the standout features include:

Complete design: After login, the design process takes off from the user’s enterprise and process needs, offering full integration of Piab’s extensive range of vacuum ejector pumps, suction cups, grippers, fittings and accessories.

Text and symbols guidance: Detailed guidance is provided throughout the design process, including descriptions and technical data such as actual compressed-air ranges for selected ejectors and optimal pressures.

Lifting force graph: This feature displays total horizontal and vertical forces throughout the entire cycle, with separate performance data for suction cups, highlighting the lowest and highest values.

Energy and power consumption visualization: The application visualizes compressor power usage, helping users understand and dimension the size and capacity of the compressor needed. Estimated daily (8-hour shift) compressor electricity power consumption is also displayed to support energy cost discussions.

Performance data positioning: Performance data conveniently placed on the left side with a scroll function. Hovering over the data zooms in on the specific product and dims excluded components, facilitating a clearer view of performance data such as time to reach set vacuum level in that node.

Tube length management: Users can directly edit tube lengths, which are marked with a "Z" and locked to maintain their length even if components are moved.

Clear supportive graphs: The graph feature includes a zoom function for better observation during crucial time frames, and a visual checklist ensures all steps are completed before calculations.

“All of these features make it possible to design a top-performing vacuum system even without previous experience in such matters," Karbassi continues.

Applications that make a difference

One of the most notable functions is the application for corrugated cardboard. This feature includes a step-by-step wizard to define the cardboard used in the corrugated carton box, mimicking real-life leakage parameters and vacuum level tests.

Users can fine-tune the carton sealing quality with a sliding bar, ensuring precise dimensioning of the vacuum system for carton boxes.

Looking Ahead

Piab continues to innovate and develop, with plans to include more functionalities in future updates.

“For those eager to experience the future of vacuum system configuration, OVM Pro 3D is now available, promising a more efficient, accurate, and customizable approach to vacuum handling. However we will not rest. The work will continue, aiming to eliminate any obstacle that customers may experience when they enter processes like these," concludes Karbassi.

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