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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When it comes to assembly, logistics and packaging, there are virtually no limits to lightweight robots. They move, transport, handle and palletize goods and workpieces. They also have great potential in quality control or in the loading and unloading of machines – because these areas are often still little automated.
Schmalz is the market leader in automation with vacuum and is therefore active in all manufacturing and processing sectors.
Schmalz’s customers include small and medium-sized companies as well as large industrial companies and corporations.
Experience shows: Basically, the gripping process with vacuum technology offers many advantages. Only if the workpieces are too round, porous or permeable to air, for example, they cannot be gripped and moved with the aid of vacuum. The following examples show a small selection of applications that are particularly suitable for cobots with vacuum grippers.
During this handling process, the workpiece is picked up from a defined position and placed again at another.
Cobots can perform such tasks around the clock and with very high precision and repetition accuracy. If the tasks are repeated, the respective programming of the Cobot can be saved and recalled at any time.
The supreme discipline is the so-called “reaching into the box”, also called “bin picking”. Using a camera system, the cobot identifies the respective workpiece and automatically removes it from the box.
1. The vacuum gripper moves even soft and sensitive materials as well as irregular shapes safely and gently.
2. Once the product quantity and the target position have been stored, the parts are systematically placed until the carton is full.
3. The finished packaged parts are neatly stacked on pallets at locations defined before.
Cobots can relieve specialists in the company of the monotonous loading and unloading of machines. What’s more, as cobots are always ready for use and can work day and night, the times when the machines are at a standstill are also reduced. Once the workpiece is finished, the cobot immediately unloads the machine and reloads it.
The cobots do not need much space for this, manual operation of the machines remains possible. With the vacuum grippers, cobots are particularly flexible and can be used on machines with different workpieces.
1. The vacuum gripper handles the parts with low pressure and positions them precisely at the specified position for analyses or testing processes.
2. The parts are tested or worked on by machine. Once the process is complete, the cobot is notified.
3. In test processes, the cobot receives a signal as to whether the tested part must be forwarded for further processing or sorted out.
1. The vacuum gripper grips the workpieces from above and deposits them reliably in the desired position.
2. The individual components are gripped and assembled one after the other. Once saved, the work steps can be repeated as often as required.
3. Without spatial separation, the vacuum grippers take on monotonous tasks. People monitor, control and supervise the processes.