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Schmalz is the leading supplier in vacuum automation supplying the entire range of vacuum components and robotic/gantry style vacuum gripping end effector tools. Vacuum Automation Components Innovative vacuum automation components from Schmalz offer reliable solutions for automation and handling tasks. The product range includes suction cups in (14) standard materials and specialty cup lines e.g. automotive cups or cups for the packaging industry. Schmalz also supplies vacuum generators, blowers, electric vacuum pumps, mounting elements, switches and system monitoring devices. Vacuum Gripping Systems Robotic & gantry style vacuum gripping systems from Schmalz provide significant productivity improvements. The range extends from pallet layer size grippers to complete vacuum spiders, delivered ready for connection, for use in all areas of automation. Located in Raleigh, NC, Schmalz Inc. has a National sales force and a network of Authorized Schmalz Distributors in all states

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New Area Gripper for Collaborative Robots

POSTED 01/29/2019

Humans and robots are collaborating much more closely in logistics. Schmalz has therefore developed an area gripper solution that ensures safe human-robot collaboration (FXCB / FMCB) thanks to its unique product design. 

The Cobot gripper has a wide range of uses in intralogistics, such as end-of-line packaging or pick-and-place applications. Using flexible foam as a gripping surface, the device can safely hold cardboard, boxes and structured components or components with recesses and three-dimensional outer shapes weighing up to eight kilograms (17.6). Thanks to its communication technology, it can also be easily integrated into automation environments. 

Collaborative robots pose new challenges for their system components: They must be lightweight because they often have lower working loads and must not pose any danger to humans. Schmalz has already taken this into account when designing the new Cobot gripper. The additive manufacturing processes used to produce the Schmalz gripper ensure weight optimization and dynamic geometry. This makes it possible to connect the gripper to the small robots with lighter load bearing capacities.

The gripper has a modular design so that it can be supplemented with, for example, energy-saving ejector modules or intelligent vacuum switches for process monitoring. The same gripper can be used for a variety of different applications. Partial gripper coverage is also possible. The vacuum can be generated both internally and externally depending on the circumstances of the user on site. 

On the whole, demand for flexible solutions and plug-and-play solutions such as the Cobot gripper from Schmalz is steadily increasing. Even untrained employees should be able to install the components quickly and easily, allowing them to grip products that were often not specified in advance. Safety is a crucial factor in this rise in popularity since the boundaries between manual work and robots are becoming increasingly blurred.

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