Our product range includes a variety of suction cups with various shapes, sizes and materials, providing the right suction cup for every application. Suction cups consist of a elastomer part and a connection nipple.
Special grippers can be used for applications in which regular suction pads cannot generate a vacuum. Schmalz offers a variety of special grippers with various shapes, sizes and principles of operation.
Area gripping systems and end effectors are gripping systems that can be attached directly on the robot. Area grippers are universal and are used in a huge range of robot applications. Vacuum end effectors are easy to configure from the modular system. They are particularly suitable for processes in the packaging industry.
Schmalz offers a wide range of mounting possibilities for integrating suction pads or special grippers into a vacuum system.
Vacuum generators provide the required vacuum. The vacuum is generated either pneumatically (ejectors) or electrically (pumps, blowers). Pneumatic vacuum generators implement short cycle times and can be integrated directly into the system due to their compact and lightweight design. Ejectors offer intelligent functions for energy and process control. Electrical vacuum generators are used in applications when compressed air is not available or if very high suction capacities are required.
Valves are used to control the vacuum as well as the compressed air. The right valves can increase both the process reliability and the cost-effectiveness of the vacuum system.
Devices for system monitoring are crucial to ensure the safe operation of a vacuum system. Schmalz offers a wide range of switches, measuring and control devices, as well as warning devices.
Filters protect the vacuum generator from contamination. Vacuum distributors, hose lines and connections complete the vacuum system and connect suction pads to vacuum generators.
With certified courses, seminars and customer-specific training sessions on all topics within vacuum technology and efficiency, Schmalz provides expertise that is tailored to the exact requirements of your company.
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Handling Technology for Manual Processes
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Clamping Solutions for CNC Machining Centers
Vacuum clamping technology for wood processing is essential for efficiently setting up console table, grid table, nesting table and flat table systems. Existing machining centers can be easily modernized with the Innospann clamping system. The Schmalz clamping equipment lets you clamp both narrow workpieces and workpieces made from solid wood. The Multi-Clamp is the perfect tool for manual fixing of small and medium-sized workpieces.
Whether using a 1-circuit or 2-circuit system, panel processing or frame production – console vacuum blocks from Schmalz can be positioned precisely and are quick and easy to replace when changing the order. Choose from our comprehensive program of high-quality vacuum blocks and spare parts in original equipment manufacturer quality.
Schmalz clamping solutions enable the quick and uncomplicated setup of CNC machining centers with flat table. First the vacuum blocks and then the workpiece are fixed for machine processing via two independent vacuum circuits. Schmalz provides vacuum blocks with a hose connection for universal flat tables and a hose-free version for flat aluminum tables with an integrated vacuum distribution.
The vacuum clamping system Innospann enables every CNC machining center to be retrofitted independently of manufacturer and type. Modernization facilitates quick and flexible retrofitting following frequent product changes - for efficient manufacturing processes starting from one-piece production. Schmalz thus provides an economic alternative to investment in a new machine.
Very narrow and curved parts can be clamped easily and reliably with mechanical clamps and Adapter-Plates from Schmalz. Narrow suction surfaces enable the precise positioning of the vacuum block along the workpiece contours, holding the workpiece in place. The workpiece is mechanically clamped firmly in place using the clamp.
The vacuum clamping system Multi-Clamp is the perfect tool for quick and flexible clamping of small and medium-sized workpieces. They can be fixed in any position and processed all-round. The Multi-Clamp is portable and can be used in a variety of industrial, workshop and building-site contexts.
Replacement suction plates for vacuum blocks in different sizes for various machine table systems. The top and bottom suction plates can be replaced quickly and easily.
Schmalz vacuum blocks for grid tables enable simple and flexible use; without complex installation. The non-slip fixings enable secure clamping of the workpieces even with high processing forces. This makes them ideal for complex five-axis applications without a wear plate.
The modular vacuum clamping systems from Schmalz can be used universally on all CNC machining centres for metalworking. Adaptation works on T-slot tables, zero point clamping systems or pre-fixing in a vice.
Schmalz clamping solutions ensure flexible and efficient production processes in glass working. Suction cups with special friction pads are wear resistant and guarantee precise results, even in challenging operating conditions. Schmalz developed the Quick-Change System SQC especially for machine tables with screw-attachment suction cups. The quick-change suction cups offer minimal setup times and maximum flexibility.
Workpieces with uneven, rounded or curved contours present a new challenge for clamping technology. With the Schmalz Basic Holding Fixture, complex components for CNC machining and measurement processes can be clamped without a problem. With the Suction Cup Balance SSCB, Schmalz has developed both a clamping system with precise positioning for 3D free-form surfaces and a gripping system equipped for automatic setup and simultaneous gripping.
The vacuum generation contributes significantly to process reliability when clamping workpieces on CNC machining centers. Schmalz has developed vacuum generators specially to meet the demands in the metal and glass working industry. These systems not only prepare the material, but also monitor and separate liquids or chips that have been sucked in.
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Hollow glass or container glass refers to glass that is used for the packaging products. Glass is easy to clean, hygienic, tasteless, odorless and inert, which is why container glass is primarily used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. Some 40% of all beverages are packaged in glass. The workpieces are mostly produced in a machine blowing processes, or in mould presses. For this purpose, the glass is melted at up to 1600°C and then shaped. The glass is cooled without tension, then refined as necessary and supplied or packaged fort he filling processes.
The glass is handled using vacuum technology. Glass workpieces can be handled individually, several at a time or in entire layers on pallets, e.g. in filling machines in the food and beverage industry.
Flexible and adaptable
Different shapes of glass and layer structures are no problem for the large-area grippers with patented combi foam. The large-area gripping systems FXP/FMP can be used to grip an enormous range of different glass workpieces without complex gripper changes or modification processes during production. The adaptable foam levels out the height differences within a layer. The integrated valve technology allows reliable handling even with low coverage oft he suction area, for example handling just one glass out of an entire layer.
Even the thinnest glass, such as drinking glasses, must be transported without damage or tension. The large-area gripping systems FXP/FMP with soft foam contact surfaces are the optimal solution to this application problem. The necessary vacuum value is adjusted to the application to avoid high forces and tensions in the glass.
Short cycle times
The glass workpieces must be gripped, transported and released again with short cycle times. The integrated valve technology allows the layer grippers SPZ and the large-area grippers FXP/FMP to quickly generate the vacuum and then quickly and precisely reduce it using the integrated blow-off function.
Handling intermediate layers
In most applications, not only the workpieces themselves, but also intermediate layers such as cardboard or plastic must be handled with the same gripper system. The integrated valve technology of the grippers allows different intermediate layers to be gripped directly. In addition, suction cups can be added to the gripping system to hande intermediate layers.
Complete gripping system for process-safe layered palletizing and depalletizing of glass jars with or without a lid as well as cans