Simmatic Automation were asked to come up with a solution for the replacement of Becker Rotary Vane Vacuum pumps. The Rotary Vane pumps were a cause of regular maintenance on SAG Pick and Place equipment and the cost of repair of £600 every 12 months was too expensive. VMECA VTMM200 Air Operated Multi Stage Vacuum Pumps were fitted. Unlike the Rotary Vane pumps that ran continuously the VMECA pumps operate as required. Smaller in size and significantly lighter in weight, the VMECA Vacuum pump was mounted directly on the gripper cross beam. This improved response times and simpilfied the vacuum circuit, removing long lengths of large diameter hose and expensive solenoid operated Vacuum Valves.