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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Making Industry 4.0 a practical reality—Schmalz’ intelligent products reduce downtime and allow for predictive maintenance in automated handling processes. Our products can be used in a wide range of industries. See the practical examples from the automotive and pharmaceutical industries to learn about the potential savings offered by our Industry 4.0 products.
The Schmalz compact ejector SXMPi with intelligent energy and process control has a very high suction rate of up to 220 l/min and a power blow-off function for minimal cycle times. The ejector can communicate with all field-bus systems via the IO-Link interface. The SXMPi records, analyzes and interprets all process data, including:
|Conventional vacuum generators without IO-Link|
|Air saving function||✓||Some|
|Power blow-off function for minimal cycle times||✓||Some|
|IO-Link interface - bidirectional communication in field-bus systems||✓||-|
|Optimization of process parameters during operation||✓||-|
|Monitoring of process parameters that influence function (leak tightness / operating pressure)||✓||-|
|Monitoring and recording of energy consumption||✓||-|
|Measurement of flow resistance and leak tightness in the gripping system||✓||-|
|Monitoring of contamination levels||✓||-|
The user can initiate scheduled predictive maintenance even before the system ceases operation. The SXMPi continuously monitors the tooling status, detects subtle changes or imminent malfunctions and reports them to the system's controller. Just by reducing downtime by a minute per day, yearly savings of up to EUR 300,000 can be achieved in the above scenario. The actual savings will vary according to the particular cost of downtime in the system.
Schmalz' vacuum and pressure switch VSi is an ideal solution for fully automated production lines with complex tooling in difficult to reach areas. The electronic switches are modular in design, simple to integrate in the automation environment and visible throughout the entire process thanks to the use of innovative communication technology. The VSi from Schmalz represents a tremendous advancement for troubleshooting and maintenance tasks:
|Maintenance procedures||Without VSi [minutes]||With VSi [minutes]||Benefits of VSi|
|Identifying the source/cause of an error and possible solutions||10||1||The VSi can prevent downtime: Real-time measurements are made available directly at the vacuum switch, in the controller via IO-Link or on a smartphone via NFC. The app suggests possible solutions|
|Identifying the faulty product using status messages and user-specific localization||10||1||Various IO-Link parameters can be used to query the current switch status, the installation and storage location or the installation date|
|Adjusting settings||5||1||Operating instructions can be accessed using NFC; setting values can be copied directly from the switch, using NFC or via IO-Link control|
|Leakage measurement, energy monitoring and predictive maintenance||-||✓|
The user can enter and read out important process and device data in real-time via the controller, easily access service information and display detailed error descriptions on a mobile device. Just by reducing downtime and minimizing maintenance time − by an average of 22 minutes per day − yearly savings of up to EUR 30,000 can be achieved in the above scenario.