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Packed intact

48 percent of food in Germany ends up in the bin instead of in the shopping bag. They are damaged or contaminated during processing, for example. Gentle and hygienic handling solutions can reduce these losses. Important here: the right design and material.

Large-area gripper - now also networked

Schmalz is expanding the FXP/FMP large-area gripper series with intelligent functions and an IO-Link communication interface. This allows the universal gripper to supply important data for process monitoring to the smartphone, the cloud or the higher-level controller.


111 years of Schmalz: From shaving tool to robot tool

For 111 years, Schmalz has shown that a feel for trends and the courage to change make a company successful. This is how the former razor blade manufacturer has developed into a leading supplier of vacuum technology.

Schmalz at productronica 2021: Yellow means safe

At productronica 2021 in Munich, Schmalz will show what handles sensitive electronic components and assembled PCBs gently and safely. Trade visitors will find these and other solutions for vacuum automation in electronics manufacturing in hall B3 at booth 301.

Schmalz at the Blechexpo: Highly dynamic and effortless lifting of sheet metal

Schmalz has the right handling solution for every sheet metal and is presenting it at the 15th Blechexpo in Stuttgart - in Hall 1 at Stand 1107. This includes new grippers and convenient vacuum lifters.


Area Gripper FMHD in Three Variants

From sawmills to furniture construction – the area gripper FMHD is frequently used in wood working. Schmalz developed its area gripper FMHD to allow particularly narrow, heavy, or extra long sections to be lifted quickly and safely.


The Guard of Vacuum and Pressure

Nothing gets past it. The volume flow sensor FS from Schmalz is located near the gripping point and reports volume flow deviations for both vacuum and pressure during the handling process. It thus monitors and optimizes processes.

Suction plates SUF - Strong alternative for the VacuMaster modular system

Lighter, more powerful and more intelligent. The suction plate SUF has been demonstrating its capabilities in automation for more than two years. Now users of the vacuum lifting device VacuMaster also benefit from the properties of the blue suction pad for universal use.

FachPack 2021: Schmalz reaches for safety

Picking and packing go hand in hand at FachPack 2021. At the Schmalz booth 4-245 in Hall 4, a lot will therefore revolve around manual handling: The JumboFlex will be mobile, can weigh and will be equipped with a new special gripper. From the field of vacuum automation, solutions for gentle food handling and gripping of workpieces regardless of their size and geometry will be on display.

Scratch free to the tire shop

RONLOG GmbH delivers alloy rims all over the world. Vacuum lifters and a new rim gripper protect the rims from scratches during handling and relieve employees during packing and picking. As a field test partner, the logistics company has been benefiting from the latest Schmalz development for some time.

Schmalz employees donate around 30,000 euros for flood victims

At the request of its employees, J. Schmalz GmbH launched an internal company fundraising campaign for the victims of the flood disaster. Within a few days, a considerable amount of donations was collected.

Motek 2021: Schmalz in digital flow

Motek is taking place - live and face to face. Schmalz will be there with innovations for automation specialists as well as digitization and ergonomics specialists: intelligent grippers, MATCH extensions, digital and mobile solutions for tube lifters and much more will be presented by the vacuum expert from October 5 to 8 in Hall 7, Booth 7101.


From the robot's bag of tricks

Flexible gripper concepts multiply the possible uses of robots, making them all the more lucrative. This form of automation not only pleases the controllers on the store floor - more efficient processes and shorter supply chains also reduce the carbon footprint.

"At eye level with the customer"

Every industry has its own requirements for vacuum technology. Which ones? Michael Mohr, Head of Sales at J. Schmalz GmbH, explains. Also, how Schmalz is responding to current trends and how the relationship with the user has changed from a sales perspective.


Schmalz expands in the UK

With Schmalz UK Limited, the vacuum expert from Glatten opened its 20th subsidiary on July 1, 2021. Managing Director Marc Booth and his team focus on the sale of vacuum automation systems.

Ergonomics to go

With the JumboFlex Picker, Schmalz has developed a self-sufficient solution for mobile order picking of packages weighing up to 40 kilograms. Users only need an industrial truck to bring the ergonomics to the desired place of use - including the pallet. The new Schmalz solution will be available from mid-2021.

Four strategies to help Schmalz through the Corona crisis

"Even though the first quarter makes us optimistic with record figures, we must not rest on our laurels," says Dr. Kurt Schmalz. As managing partner of J. Schmalz GmbH, he is also responsible for maneuvering the family business safely through the corona crisis. Four examples show why he will succeed.


Schmalz Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking of its Phase I expansion to its Raleigh NC, headquarters

Schmalz Inc. was pleased to host a groundbreaking event to celebrate the expansion to their headquarters facility at 5850 Oak Forest Drive, Raleigh, NC., together with representatives from the project implementation team:  Jim Sherrer, President of Design Development; Camilo Pena, Architect with Design Development; Melissa Davis, Project Manager with CT Wilson; Craig Herndon, Construction Manager with CT Wilson; Gary Vickerson, Vice President of Operations at Schmalz; Inc., John Feutz, Vice President of Strategic Operations at Schmalz, Inc.; Carrie McGlothlin, Vice President of Finance at Schmalz, Inc.; and Dr. Volker Schmitz, President & CEO of Schmalz, Inc.

Thanks to vaccination campaign: Schmalz achieves "operational herd immunity

Over 500 vaccinations within the first four days! The majority of employees at J. Schmalz GmbH received their first vaccination against Corona at the Glatten site between Wednesday and Saturday. The company draws an extremely positive conclusion - not only because of the smooth process, but also because a particularly relevant target figure has been achieved.

Handling of rims without scratches

With the new rim gripper from Schmalz, rims and complete wheels weighing up to 50 kilograms can be handled effortlessly, quickly and, above all, without damage. The operating principle of the mechanical gripper is safe and reminiscent of the trailer mechanism of a well-known slide vehicle for children.

Formula 1 feeling for the VacuMaster Comfort

Schmalz has thoroughly revised the proven vacuum lifting device VacuMaster Comfort for loads up to max. 750 kg: With the optimised operating unit in ergonomic design and the newly designed control panel, the user can operate the vacuum lifting device comfortably and intuitively.

New End-of-Arm Ecosystem from Zimmer Group and Schmalz

Cooperation project "MATCH" with extensive function package and universal interfaces


The perfect gripper with just four tools

Less is more. This statement also applies to Schmalz's new PXT modular gripper system. Because users can assemble their gripper quickly and easily from just a few standard components - and even assemble it themselves if they wish.


Digital Product File – Comprehensive Servicing via Smartphone

The digital product file is a new function for the Schmalz ControlRoom app that provides transparency in manual handling. Schmalz is equipping its vacuum lifters and crane systems with identification tags that can be read by your smartphone using a QR code or NFC technology (near-field communication). They gives you immediate access to device-specific information and important servicing and contact data.


Black Forest technology for Scandinavia

Schmalz and VisBlue have signed a framework supply agreement. According to this agreement, the experts from Glatten will supply the stacks for the redox flow battery systems of the Danish battery manufacturer to Scandinavia in the future.

Vacuum technology facilitates vaccine transport

The first vaccines against COVID-19 have been available in Germany since the end of last year. Since then, Schmalz has seen a noticeable increase in inquiries from the pharmaceutical industry. This is because the vacuum expert offers suitable components for this industry that safely handle medical products in both automated and manual production processes ‒ for example, in the logistics center of a vaccine manufacturer.

VCMC-Quick mechanical clamps for even shorter set-up times

With the VCMC-QUICK series, Schmalz presents its new mechanical clamping system for CNC machining centres with console and grid tables. The highlight of the new version: users can adjust the clamping height without tools. This simplifies and speeds up machine set-up.


Schmalz at Hanover Fair Digital Edition: stream of new products in livestream

Bytes instead of trucks. The Hanover Fair Digital Edition 2021 creates a platform for innovations and networking. Schmalz is following the digital path and will show new grippers, compact ejectors and a small vacuum monitor from April 12 to 16. Manual handling is also going digital.

JumboFlex 50 – New Suction Plate for Handling Cardboard Boxes

Schmalz has added an oval suction plate with a size of 180x90 to its SAOF series. Up to this point, the only gripper solutions available were for the JumboFlex series 20 and 35, with a maximum lift capacity of 20 and 35 kg respectively. The new size means it can also now be combined with the vacuum tube lifters JumboFlex and JumboFlex High-Stack for workpieces weighing up to 50 kg. This new arrival adds another gripper to Schmalz’s JumboFlex modular system. In combination with the new beams, it allows the user to configure double or even four-head suction grippers to optimally meet his or her requirements.


Attractive, Custom, and Comprehensive: The New Web Platform for Vacuum Technology from Schmalz

Vacuum technology and vacuum knowledge online – including via smartphones and tablets. Schmalz launches its revamped web presence, creating a digital platform for users, buyers, and those with a thirst for knowledge. You benefit from attractive conditions, individual consultation, and a comprehensive product selection.


Schmalz honors most successful company

The subsidiary in Turkey is the most successful company of the Schmalz Group in 2020. The vacuum specialist awarded the "Company of the Year" at the traditional World Management Meeting.


A Firm Grip, Even on Porous Objects

Need to handle airtight, porous or non-rigid components safely using lightweight or small industrial robots? Schmalz has the perfect solution with its new pneumatic vacuum generator RECB.

Maintaining Distance during Package Season

Black Week, Cyber Monday, and the end-of-year rush present a challenge to online retailers. Parcel delivery services rely on additional staff to process the high volume of orders on time. However, hygiene regulations are making workflows even more difficult this year. Fortunately, the JumboFlex provides a remedy. With the vacuum tube lifter, heavy parcels can be sorted, stacked, and loaded quickly, ergonomically, and at the required distance since moving them no longer requires two people.


More Efficiency in Three Stages

Schmalz is equipping its compact ejector series SCPS(i) with three-stage ECO nozzle technology for the first time and making its vacuum generator even more powerful. The result is rapid handling processes with airtight, air-permeable or non-rigid workpieces such as particle boards, cardboard and bags. The optional IO-Link interface makes it easier to both monitor the vacuum level and use the technology in automated systems.


New Silencer Box from Schmalz: Safe on the Inside and Quiet on the Outside

Schmalz has developed a new silencer box for the vacuum pumps in its EVE 25-50 series. The box is not only more compact than its predecessor, it also protects the vacuum generator from external contamination. The user can now lower the sound level by up to nine decibels, dissipate operating noises in a targeted way and further reduce noise pollution as a result.


Ease of Use

J. Schmalz GmbH has expanded its proven VacuMaster Light series. In addition to two pre-configured vacuum lifting devices, a new version with a beam system is now also available to users. Based on a comprehensive modular system, it allows individual product configurations and thus even more areas of application for the vacuum lifting device.


Schmalz starts construction project in China

The vacuum specialist Schmalz celebrated the start of construction of a modern administration and production building in Taicang, China. From there, the market leader in vacuum technology intends to serve the Chinese market.


Sink handling becomes a One-Man Show

Duravit not only attaches great importance to visual perfection, but also to ergonomic handling solutions during production. Duravit relies on vacuum tube lifters from vacuum specialist Schmalz to pack its beautifully designed ceramic sinks, which weigh up to 35 kilograms, into cardboard boxes after production. This reduces physically strenuous work as well as illness-related absences.


Precise Touch

With the finger gripper OFG, Schmalz has a new gripper in its product range that grips in a tight-fitting and gentle manner. Delicate food products such as doughnuts, chocolate kisses, fruit, and vegetables are packaged safely and kept intact.


Precise Touch

With the finger gripper OFG, Schmalz has a new gripper in its product range that grips in a tight-fitting and gentle manner. Delicate food products such as doughnuts, chocolate kisses, fruit, and vegetables are packaged safely and kept intact.


Get a Grip on What Comes

Schmalz has designed a new multi-gripper for the vacuum tube lifters in the JumboFlex series. Thanks to additive production technology, it is particularly light and compact. The multi-gripper is now available in two different formats.


Tolerance to Shape and Size

J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a new gripper for automated handling: The FQE is suitable for a variety of different tasks, including on collaborative robots, and grips workpieces of varying shapes and sizes with speed and reliability.


Tolerance to Shape and Size

J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a new gripper for automated handling: The FQE is suitable for a variety of different tasks, including on collaborative robots, and grips workpieces of varying shapes and sizes with speed and reliability.


SchmalzEXPO: Innovations in the Virtual Space

Be it cookies or cartons, Schmalz has a solution for almost every handling task. The vacuum expert will present its latest developments and new products during its online trade show – SchmalzEXPO.


Schmalz to Achieve Climate Neutrality by 2050

Schmalz signs the new Baden-Württemberg Climate Alliance. The company aims to save 3,440 tons of greenhouse gases by 2030. Ambitious, but essential for the success of the company, says Managing Director Andreas Beutel.


Grab a Cookie!

Food-safe, lightweight and effective: these are just some of the key features of the new flow gripper SFG from Schmalz. They enable it to handle food products with highly textured surfaces quickly but gently. This ensures cookies, waffles and other baked goods arrive safely in their packaging with speed and reliability.


Gripper Update for Vacuum Tube Lifter JumboErgo

Schmalz is introducing a new generation of area grippers for its vacuum tube lifters in the JumboErgo series. The FMP is hugely versatile and reliably grips heavy workpieces weighing up to 140 kilograms even when only part of the suction area is covered. It replaces the FM gripper. Thanks to its modular design, the FMP also provides a basis for extending the area gripper portfolio for the vacuum tube lifter Jumbo in the future.


Safe Scoring

In order to separate them, printed-circuit boards are first scored and then any uneven or rough surfaces are milled. For this purpose, LHMT GmbH develops highly specialized tools that fully automate not only the actual scoring and milling process, but also the loading and unloading of the sensitive circuit boards. For safe, gentle handling of these parts, LHMT turned to J. Schmalz GmbH. Schmalz was able to implement a reliable gripper solution thanks, in part, to their new NBR ESD suction cups.

Schmalz Launches Virtual Trade Show

Trade shows and conferences are unthinkable at the moment. Schmalz is thus pursuing a different path to present its new products to a wide range of trade professionals. SchmalzEXPO, the virtual vacuum technology trade show, has been underway since the beginning of May – without any need for masks and minimum distancing requirements.

Specialist for Highly Textured Surfaces

It is not easy to handle workpieces with highly textured surfaces reliably. With the compact flow gripper SCG-HSS, Schmalz has developed an efficient solution for doing so. The solution grips even sensitive workpieces very gently with minimal surface pressure – and low operating costs.

Emptying Bins Made Easy

Schmalz is introducing a series of new solutions for the complex task of automated bin-picking, which includes ready-to-connect sets that can be installed intuitively as well as a new suction cup that adapts perfectly to the workpiece thanks to its thin sealing lip. All solutions are ideally suited for lightweight robots and cobots.

Added Value for Smart Field Devices

Intelligent components can process more than just digital control signals. Smart field devices from Schmalz deliver valuable information to improve processes over the long term. IO-Link has established itself as the standardized interface for communication between the higher-level controller and the sensor and actuator level. Users can now view data from smart field devices from Schmalz as well as data from other component manufacturers at any time with the new Schmalz Connect Suite. The solution enables both comprehensive data analysis and parameterization of individual devices. Dr. Maik Fiedler, Head of the Business Unit Vacuum Automation at J. Schmalz GmbH, explains the advantages of the Schmalz Connect Suite in detail.

Emptying Bins Made Easy

Schmalz is introducing a series of new solutions for the complex task of automated bin-picking, which includes ready-to-connect sets that can be installed intuitively as well as a new suction cup that adapts perfectly to the workpiece thanks to its thin sealing lip. All solutions are ideally suited for lightweight robots and cobots.

JumboFlex: New Operator Handles with Unique Functions

By introducing three new operator handles, Schmalz is expanding its modular system for the vacuum tube lifter JumboFlex. Depending on the design, the new control handles can increase safety, simplify or accelerate the handling process. Users can now choose from the JumboFlex Safety+, JumboFlex Easy-Release and JumboFlex Quick-Release.

Virtual SchmalzEXPO opens its doors on 26 May 2020

Innovative strength and agility are more important than ever for companies in these times. Schmalz is therefore breaking new ground in bringing together product innovations and users from the fields of automation and handling. With SchmalzEXPO, a virtual vacuum technology trade fair, the company creates a space for new presentations, dialogue and personal consultation - without any mask or minimum distance.

Enough Space for a Cool Head

What should you do if you want an ergonomic lifting aid, but your ceiling height is too low for conventional crane systems? Schmalz’s solution is a modular flat jib made of aluminum that guarantees smooth movement sequences, even in low rooms. This novelty arrived at just the right time for Erkodent: The dental thermoforming device manufacturer wanted to optimize the packaging process at the end of the assembly line and needed a solution that left enough space for an air-conditioning system that had already been planned.

Vacuum Blocks Featuring NCF Technology Communicate With Smartphones

Vacuum blocks from Schmalz now integrate the NFC transmission standard, marking the first-ever use of digital technology in the company’s vacuum clamping systems. This simplifies product identification for users via smartphone and also optimizes service processes.

More Safety During Machine Loading

Schmalz’s slewing angle limiter allows the workspaces of jib cranes to be activated or restricted. Thanks to new process monitoring, the higher-level control can query the position of the jib and start or disable processing steps accordingly.

Digital Solutions for Vacuum Technology

Lightweight robots and intelligent vacuum components have become an integral part of the digitized and networked production world. Schmalz has produced a number of innovative products for the smart factory including a new bin picking solution, products incorporating the digital twin and a software tool providing a single access point for IO-Link components.

Digital Solutions for Vacuum Technology

Lightweight robots and intelligent vacuum components have become an integral part of the digitized and networked production world. Schmalz has produced a number of innovative products for the smart factory including a new bin picking solution, products incorporating the digital twin and a software tool providing a single access point for IO-Link components.

Cable Carrier V-Chain Makes Space

Schmalz is expanding the product range for its flat jib, saving space at the same time: The new V-Chain packs the hose assembly for the vacuum supply into a cable track, making loose-hanging loops a thing of the past and allowing even forklift trucks to pass safely under the flat jib.

Ergonomic under Load: Vacuum Handling Systems for the Logistics Industry

One in three online buyers now makes several online orders every week. In 2019, online sales grew by over eleven percent compared to the previous year. This is the result of the e-commerce consumer study by the German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (bevh). Manufacturers, dealers and logistics service providers therefore need to optimize their processes accordingly. In order to become more efficient and work more quickly but at the same time protect the health of their employees, it is worth investing in ergonomic lifting devices. J. Schmalz GmbH is an expert in this field. Schmalz designs individual handling solutions and crane systems. The manufacturer also helps to improve the internal material flow in terms of time and costs while at the same time maintaining a focus on ergonomics.

Schmalz: New Subsidiary in Austria

Schmalz is expanding its international network and opening another subsidiary in Austria, which will be headquartered in Linz. The team in Austria will provide regional customers with quick and competent advice on issues in the field of vacuum automation, vacuum technology for robots and ergonomic handling, as well as crane systems and vacuum lifting devices.

SDI-USB: Direct Access to IO-Link Devices

Schmalz has developed a solution that allows users to access vacuum components with an IO-Link interface directly from the computer. A connection to the higher-level control unit is therefore no longer necessary. The IO-Link master SDI-USB is available now.

Schmalz at Holz-Handwerk 2020: Vacuum Blocks Read by Smartphone

At Holz-Handwerk 2020 (March 18 to 21, Nuremberg), Schmalz will be presenting efficient and ergonomic clamping and lifting solutions for wood working. A particular highlight at Booth 308 in Hall 10.0 will be the new generation of vacuum blocks with NFC technology.

Schmalz at LogiMAT 2020: Making Lifting Easy

This year’s LogiMAT (March 10 through 12, 2020) is all about “Visions – Innovations – Solutions,” and Schmalz will be there: along with its application-oriented handling systems, the vacuum specialist will be providing fresh impetus in the digitization of lifting technology. Solutions for classic manual and automatic goods logistics and systems for the digital factory await visitors to the trade show in hall 7, booth C05.

Clever Automation Solutions for Electronics Production

Vacuum specialist Schmalz presents numerous solutions for the automated handling of delicate electronic components, for example gripping systems that reliably protect delicate components against electrostatic discharge.

Safe Scoring

In order to separate them, printed-circuit boards are first scored and then any uneven or rough surfaces are milled. For this purpose, LHMT GmbH develops highly specialized tools that fully automate not only the actual scoring and milling process, but also the loading and unloading of the sensitive circuit boards. For safe, gentle handling of these parts, LHMT turned to J. Schmalz GmbH. Schmalz was able to implement a reliable gripper solution thanks, in part, to their new NBR ESD suction cups.

Flexible Yet Firm

With its new spring plunger FST-LOCK-HD, Schmalz has developed a solution for the gentle and rapid handling of curved and flexible 3D components. The spring plunger has an infinitely lockable stroke and is compatible with the holder system for tooling HT. This makes it possible to use the spring plunger in a wide variety of applications.

Schmalz at Productronica: Clever Automation Solutions for Electronics Production

At Productronica 2019, the world's leading trade fair for the development and production of electronics (November 12 to 15, Munich), vacuum specialist Schmalz will be presenting numerous solutions for the automated handling of delicate electronic components. At booth 560 in hall B3, visitors will experience gripping systems in action that reliably protect delicate components against electrostatic discharge.

Suction Cup with Versatile Performance Profile

Schmalz has developed a new solution for handling flat workpieces. Thanks to the extensive range of diameters and variety of material options, the vacuum suction cup SUF is suitable for universal use.

From Nimble to Strong – Vacuum Lifters for the Plastics Industry

The handling processes that take place in the plastics processing industry can be just as diverse as the plastics themselves. Bags of granulate, barrels of powder and unwieldy sheets must all be moved efficiently. Yet Schmalz has a solution for all processes. When choosing the right vacuum lifter, ergonomics as well as protection of the products to be handled play an important role.

“Grippers Must Be Able to Do Everything”

Answered by: Dr. Kurt Schmalz, Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH

Smart Hands for every Cobot

Gripping, moving, setting down – all of this would be impossible in automated processes without the right gripper. That is why Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, develops flexible systems and helps users choose and configure the right components: no small feat given the fact that the diversity of variants continues to grow as batch size steadily shrinks.

Smart Hands for every Cobot

Gripping, moving, setting down – all of this would be impossible in automated processes without the right gripper. That is why Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, develops flexible systems and helps users choose and configure the right components: no small feat given the fact that the diversity of variants continues to grow as batch size steadily shrinks.

Vacuum Terminal as a Central Control Unit

Schmalz’s compact terminal has long been able to communicate. But now the vacuum experts are taking it one step further and turning the terminal into the central control unit. The SCTSi is available in an Ethernet or IO-Link version.

Ergonomic Handling in dm's Textile Distribution Centre

Children’s clothing has formed part of dm-drogerie markt’s range of products since 1986. Among other things, the textile distribution center in Karlsruhe makes sure deliveries arrive on time at each of the dm stores. The constantly growing throughput made it necessary to redesign the hall, including the loading area. The vacuum specialist Schmalz developed an ergonomic, efficient overall concept that meets dm’s increased requirements.

Blechexpo: Schmalz Eliminates the Need for an External IO-Link Master

At the beginning of November, the who’s who of the sheet metal processing industry will meet in Stuttgart for the 14th time. And J. Schmalz GmbH will be there as well – at Blechexpo 2019 from November 5 to 8 in Hall 1 at Booth 1003 – presenting innovations from the world of vacuum automation and manual handling solutions.

Cable Carrier V-Chain Makes Space

Schmalz is expanding the product range for its flat jib, saving space at the same time: The new V-Chain packs the hose assembly for the vacuum supply into a cable track, making loose-hanging loops a thing of the past and allowing even forklift trucks to pass safely under the flat jib.

A Delicate Touch Has Everything Under Control

Plastic films, paper, wafers or glass - handling thin workpieces with delicate surfaces gently and safely requires a suction cup that can manipulate materials dynamically using high suction force yet still grips the material as gently as possible. With the new SFF/SFB1, Schmalz has developed a vacuum suction cup that is able to rise to this challenge.

Custom Grippers at the Click of a Mouse

More than just a gripper: In the SLG, Schmalz has developed a system that can be designed and configured quickly and easily online. Production using 3D printers optimizes the whole manufacturing process. The lightweight gripper is ideal for a huge range of handling tasks.

Custom Grippers at the Click of a Mouse

More than just a gripper: In the SLG, Schmalz has developed a system that can be designed and configured quickly and easily online. Production using 3D printers optimizes the whole manufacturing process. The lightweight gripper is ideal for a huge range of handling tasks.

Schmalz at the K Trade Fair: Gripping plastics the right way

When the K trade fair opens its doors from October 16 – 23 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the focus will be on topics relating to innovative production processes and new developments in the plastics and rubber industry. In hall 9, booth EO4, J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting new solutions for automated and manual vacuum handling for a range of plastic workpieces.

Vacuum Assistance

From maple to elm – Swiss timber expert processes more than 1000 cubic meters of hardwood per year to create solid wood parts and high-quality furniture. For several months, the tube lifter JumboErgo 120 with pneumatic swiveling unit (PSE) from Schmalz has been optimizing the loading process of the 5-axis CNC machining center. The result: No more sick days due to back problems and a smoother work process.

Schmalz Vacuum Technology: Providing New Opportunities for Lower Costs

The Swiss company RIWAG Türen AG has been successfully operating in the door sector for many years. Around 800 units are produced every week, tailored to customer requirements. In order to make the processes more efficient and to further increase the degree of automation, the company has commissioned a new spray painting system. This system relies on vacuum components from Schmalz. The area gripping system FMP ensures that the doors are handled reliably, and at the same time reduces process costs.

Schmalz at Motek 2019: Flexible Solutions for Robots and Cobots

At Motek 2019 (October 7 to 10, Stuttgart), Schmalz will be demonstrating the enormous potential that vacuum technology has to offer for lightweight robots. One highlight is the new gripping system SLG: a fast solution for custom handling tasks in quickly changing production environments. Manual handling also goes smart with the collaborative rope balancer SRBC. At Booth 3101 in Hall 3, vacuum expert Schmalz will also be presenting solutions for logistics processes that require short handling times.

Schmalz at FachPack 2019: Easy Configuration of Custom Grippers

FachPack 2019 (September 24 – 26, Nuremberg) will be held under the theme “Environmentally friendly packaging.” Schmalz GmbH will be presenting handling and gripper solutions for both new and conventional packaging materials and shapes in Hall 3, Booth 3-141. One highlight is the new gripping system SLG with online configurator. The vacuum expert will also be showcasing tube lifters and crane systems that improve ergonomics in production, assembly and logistics processes.

“We’re Bringing Digitalisation to Vacuum Clamping Technology”

Answered by: Dr. Kurt Schmalz, Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH

Precision Grip Guarantees a Clean Cut

In furniture production, every millimeter counts: Optimal arrangement of workpieces with different geometries is crucial when it comes to saving on expensive raw materials. Schmalz offers a flexible vacuum solution precisely for this purpose. In addition, the system holds securely on smooth surfaces and ensures short set-up times.

Vacuum Technology for the Digital Factory

In order for electrical vacuum generators, grippers and compact ejectors to be visible to the smart factory, they must provide digital energy and process data in real time. Schmalz integrates interfaces such as IO-Link, Ethernet and NFC in its vacuum components, creating the intelligent foundation needed for networked manufacturing.

Vacuum Technology for the Digital Factory

In order for electrical vacuum generators, grippers and compact ejectors to be visible to the smart factory, they must provide digital energy and process data in real time. Schmalz integrates interfaces such as IO-Link, Ethernet and NFC in its vacuum components, creating the intelligent foundation needed for networked manufacturing.

Schmalz Helps Choose the Right Clamping Solutions

Schmalz has completely revised its clamping technology catalog. The Glatten-based company is showcasing its whole portfolio for manual and machine processing over 172 pages, in which users can quickly find the right clamping equipment for their machine table.

Piling the Coffee High

Eugster/Frismag AG develops and produces coffee machines for well known brand names. The Swiss company was searching for an ergonomic lifting aid for its employees, who had previously had to load the coffee machines onto pallets without any technical support at the end of production. The company finally found Schmalz and a special version of its tube lifter.

More than Just Smart: Handling in the digital factory

Digitalization is on the rise in factories, and manual handling is no exception. Increasingly customized products go hand in hand with increasingly complex processes – and, in turn, the way we handle goods also needs to adapt. Intelligent handling devices play an important role in making this growing complexity manageable. They change the way the device and operator interact with one another: handling devices make the actual handling process much easier for the user, and also take on a range of additional tasks. J. Schmalz GmbH offers the right devices for all possible scenarios – for example, the collaborative rope balancer SRBC, a new class of lifting devices for the digital factory.

The New SCPM: Vacuum Generation Made Compact

Small, powerful and scalable – the SCPM from J. Schmalz GmbH represents a new series of compact ejectors that can be integrated directly into the vacuum gripping system thanks to their slim, lightweight design.

Small, Strong, Electric: New Vacuum Generator ECBPM

Schmalz adds electrical vacuum generators to its product family. The new CobotPump ECBPM (M stands for “Mini”) is designed especially for the automated handling of small parts with a single suction cup. This lightweight and compact solution is typically used on collaborative robots with a lifting capacity of up to three kilograms.

Small, Strong, Electric: New Vacuum Generator ECBPM

Schmalz adds electrical vacuum generators to its product family. The new CobotPump ECBPM (M stands for “Mini”) is designed especially for the automated handling of small parts with a single suction cup. This lightweight and compact solution is typically used on collaborative robots with a lifting capacity of up to three kilograms.

Schmalz at LIGNA 2019: Focusing on Efficiency

LIGNA (May 27 to 31, 2019, in Hanover,Germany) brings industry and trade together: both use the same technologies, just in different ways. And Schmalz is presenting powerful systems – both for manual and automated vacuum handling in the woodworking and furniture industries.

HMI 2019: Compact, Intelligent and Collaborative Solutions from Schmalz

At the Hannover Messe 2019, J. Schmalz GmbH will present innovations for vacuum generation, gripping and smart handling. The solutions represent an important step forward in terms of efficient energy use and automation.

Vacuum Lifter Jumbo Low-Stack: Reach into Boxes while Staying on Your Feet

The great strength of the new Jumbo Low-Stack from J. Schmalz GmbH lies in ergonomically picking up cardboard boxes, metal goods or sacks from pallets that are close to ground level. The handling solution, which is also ideal for reaching into transport containers such as grid boxes and crates, is based on the modular system of the vacuum tube lifters JumboErgo and Sprint. It has a load capacity of up to 80 kilograms when working with airtight workpieces.

WALTER Medien: Ergonomic Vacuum Handling of Calendars

Every year, WALTER Medien GmbH produces several million calendars for customers across the globe. Sorting the cardboard boxes containing the goods and transferring them to pallets by hand was extremely hard work for the company’s employees. Luckily, a solution was found in the form of lifting devices from the vacuum specialist Schmalz: The company installed several tube lifters and column-mounted jib cranes in WALTER’s new facility, thereby helping to create more pleasant and ergonomic working conditions.

Vacuum Terminal SCTSi Ethernet Communicates at Field Level

Complex manufacturing processes require intelligent systems. Depending on the particular process, these systems need to be able to work in complete synchronicity and thus communicate with one another in real time. J. Schmalz GmbH has equipped the compact terminal SCTSi with an Ethernet interface for this very purpose.

Vacuum Terminal SCTSi Ethernet Communicates at Field Level

Complex manufacturing processes require intelligent systems. Depending on the particular process, these systems need to be able to work in complete synchronicity and thus communicate with one another in real time. J. Schmalz GmbH has equipped the compact terminal SCTSi with an Ethernet interface for this very purpose.

Schmalz at LogiMAT 2019: Flexible Solutions for People and Robots

The 17th international trade show for intra-logistic solutions and process management will take place under the banner “Intelligent - Efficient - Innovative”. Schmalz is living up to this slogan and will present its new handling innovations and intelligent vacuum components at LogiMAT 2019 from February 19 to 21. The vacuum expert will be proving that there is an ergonomic solution for practically every manual lifting task in hall 7, booth C05. Schmalz will also be demonstrating how gripping systems can make robots safer and easier to use.

Flexible Holder System for Vacuum Automation

Safe and precise handling of molded parts requires modular solutions that can adapt to the shape of the sheet metal being handled. With the holder system for tooling HT, J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a flexible system comprised of lightweight aluminum components, making it ideal for highly dynamic operations. The modular system makes it possible to configure individual holders or specific assemblies.

Schmalz optimizes vacuum clamping system for glass machining

Schmalz has revised its SQC vacuum clamping system for glass machining and made the design perfect for the interfering contours of the original equipment. This makes use on Bystronic glass grinding machines even simpler. Thanks to the quick-change system that can be operated without tools, setup times are significantly reduced.

Schmalz at SPS IPC Drives: Networked and Customized Vacuum Systems

Industry 4.0 and the digital change are the focus of the 29th SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg. The leading trade fair is the ideal platform for Schmalz to showcase its networked factory solutions and design of custom vacuum systems. The vacuum specialist will be on hand from November 27–29 in Hall 10, Booth 400.

Product Portfolio for Vacuum Automation: Interview with Dr. Kurt Schmalz

Dr. Kurt Schmalz, Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH, offers a glimpse of the vacuum specialists' product portfolio strategy. From now on, in the field auf vacuum automation the company will differentiate between standard components and intelligent devices for the digital factory.

Vacuum Grippers for Smartphone Production

What is it that characterizes a smartphone? The answer: perfection. Its glass and metal exterior is sleek and smooth, the control buttons discreetly embedded in the housing. When switched on, it dazzles the user with brilliant colors and undreamed-of functions. Manufacturers invest a considerable amount of effort into developing this look and feel and performance, and make the highest demands on the production process. Schmalz has just the solutions to meet these tough demands – be it for handling the thin glass display, assembling the battery or positioning the sensitive printed-circuit board.

Safe Handling: Vacuum Lifters in Window Manufacturing

The German automotive industry was able to achieve a positive result overall for the year 2017, the diesel discussion and Brexit notwithstanding. Fuyao Europe GmbH benefited from this as well. This supplier with Chinese roots manufactures vehicle windows in Heilbronn and Leingarten, Germany, where it constructed a spacious warehouse and production hall at the end of 2017. For more speed and customization in supplying the big automotive manufacturers, Fuyao also optimized its logistics processes. Schmalz impressed with its overall concept, which contains both tube lifters and cranes.

Schmalz: New Modular Flat Jib

A combination of a vacuum lifter and a suitable crane system makes it possible to perform manual lifting tasks ergonomically. In order to provide for ease of operations in low-ceilinged rooms, J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a new modular aluminum flat jib. Compared to conventional jib cranes made of steel, moving this jib with its vacuum lifter and a load demands considerably less force to be used by the operator.

Automation for Industrial Cutting

Trade show and furniture builders, signmakers and packaging experts – they all use cutting systems to cut materials to size, whether it be twin-wall sheets, cardboard boxes, rubber or foam and textiles. Zünd Systemtechnik AG is an expert partner for such applications. During development of their latest product, a cutting table with automatic feeder and removal system, the Swiss machine builders brought the experience and expertise of Schmalz on board to design the vacuum system on the table.

Schmalz at EuroBLECH 2018: New Innovations in Efficient Sheet Metal Machining

“On the pulse of digitization” is the motto of EuroBLECH 2018, the leading industry trade fair presenting the latest trends in sheet metal machining technology. Schmalz will be on site to present its expertise in sheet metal handling in Hall 11, Booth D74. In addition to modular systems, communication-capable vacuum components will be prominently on display, as well as proven devices to assist with manual handling, such as ergonomic handling of heavy sheet metal and other workpieces.

Schmalz at glasstec: A Firm Grip on Breakables

Whether in architecture or in manufacturing automobiles or displays, glass use is steadily increasing. Handling this delicate material without damaging it or leaving behind marks often requires the use of vacuum technology. At glasstec, which takes place from October 23 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Schmalz will showcase its powerful solutions for manual and automated handling, such as the thin glass gripper STGG, in Hall 11, Booth G24.

Schmalz at Motek 2018: Components for Cobots and Co.

When Motek opens its doors for the 37th time, Schmalz will be showcasing an extensive range of products from the fields of vacuum automation and handling in hall 3, booth 3101. Alongside its standard components, new gripper innovations and further developments for manual lifting tasks will attract the attention of trade visitors. The vacuum expert will also be exhibiting its smart field devices, intelligent devices for networked production.

Schmalz at FachPack: Handling Packaging at the Highest Level

From September 25–27, 2018, the Messehallen in Nuremberg will be buzzing with all things packaging technology. And J. Schmalz GmbH, from the town of Glatten in the Black Forest, will be there. The vacuum technology specialist will be presenting its comprehensive range of handling solutions for the packaging, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries in Hall 3 at Booth 3-141. These solutions include both manual and automated systems – such as, for example, the new area gripper FXCB for collaborative robots.

New Gripper for Collaborative Robots

Humans and robots are collaborating much more closely in logistics. J. Schmalz GmbH has therefore developed a gripper solution that ensures a safe human-robot collaboration (MRK) thanks to its unique product design.

New Gripper for Collaborative Robots

Humans and robots are collaborating much more closely in logistics. J. Schmalz GmbH has therefore developed a gripper solution that ensures a safe human-robot collaboration (MRK) thanks to its unique product design.

New collaborative handling system combines speed and precision

J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a new lifting system with the collaborative rope balancer, which enables quick handling as well as precise positioning of the workpieces. The rope balancer is ergonomically designed, easy to operate and equipped with intelligent functions for controlling and monitoring the handling process as well as for networking the device.

Safe Vacuum Handling for Sensitive Electronic Components

Processes for the automated handling of delicate electronic components must be both fast and gentle on the products. Vacuum specialist Schmalz has developed the flow gripper SCG specially for such tasks. The gripper provides safe transport of plastic parts and printed circuit boards.

Collaborative Rope Balancer: Handling Takes on a new Dimension

Schmalz's collaborative rope balancer combines efficient commisioning with delicate positioning. Motorized support for the operator's movements in all three spatial dimensions. Intelligent safety queries prevent collisions as well as lifting and dropping errors and thereby increase work safety.

Safe and Service Oriented: Schmalz Online Store Receives Seal of Quality

The Schmalz online store has received a certification and top marks in every category from Trusted Shops.

Vacuum Solution Improves Ergonomics for Handling Eggs

Lüchinger + Schmid AG is a Swiss distribution and production company for eggs, egg products, chilled fresh products and frozen products. At the Flawil site, up to 80 million eggs are collected, inspected, sorted, packed, palletized and delivered from various farms in the region each year. Previously, the employees stacked approx. 2,500 shrink wrapped goods per day onto pallets by hand. For some time now, they have had the support of vacuum technology from Schmalz: The JumboFlex 25 vacuum tube lifter lifts the shrink wrapped eggs into the desired position, ergonomically and much to the delight of the employees.

Schmalz is Once Again One of the Best Employers in Germany

Glatten, March 16, 2018 Schmalz has been named one of the best employers in the “Germany’s Best Employers” competition. For the fifth time, the vacuum specialist is delighted to have won the award from the Great Place to Work Institute in Cologne.

HMI 2018: Schmalz Bets on Connectivity

The theme of this year's HANNOVER MESSE trade show in Hanover is "Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate". It promises a glimpse of where the idea of Industry 4.0 might be headed. In keeping with the theme, Schmalz will be in attendance at the HMI, from April 23 to 27, 2018, to present solutions for the digital factory. The central focus will be on networking individual vacuum components and complex gripping systems for gantry and robotic applications. Aside from automation technology, the Schmalz booth E27 in Hall 17 will also showcase modern handling systems.

Change Suction Cups with More Speed and Flexibility with Our New Adapter

Schmalz has developed a new adapter for vacuum blocks: Thanks to the AP-S4, VCBL-B-series vacuum blocks can also now be used on CNC machining centers with the TVN system from SCM/Morbidelli. This addition to the product range gives the user a much more flexible and cost-effective system in comparison to the original equipment.

Aiming high with the new vacuum tube lifter JumboFlex High-Stack

For overhead handling tasks, J. Schmalz GmbH has developed the JumboFlex High-Stack. Operators use the tube lifter to stack goods with a maximum weight of 50 kilograms ergonomically and up to a height of 2.55 meters.

New Suction Cup from Schmalz Optimizes Sheet Metal Handling

The new bell-shaped suction cup SAX from Schmalz is particularly well suited for quick handling of metal sheets and car body parts. It conforms perfectly to differing workpiece contours.

Mechanical Clamps from Schmalz: Always Right Where You Need Them

The company Löffler Massivholzverarbeitungs-GmbH specializes in premium wood turning and milling work. They rely on clamping technology from J. Schmalz GmbH in order to use their new woodworking center to its maximum potential. The mechanical clamp VCMC-K1 securely fixes the workpieces in place. Even when great forces are involved, the wood being worked always stays exactly where it’s supposed to, shortening set-up times and facilitating the work of the employees.

HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018 Wood Crafts Trade Fair: Clamping and Handling Using Vacuum

The vacuum specialist J. Schmalz will be attending the HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018 trade show for machine technology, equipment and supplies for the wood crafts from March 21 to 24 in Nuremberg, Germany, and showing its broad range of products for the woodworking industry in Hall 10.0 at booth 306. These products include clamping equipment for CNC machining centers and vacuum lifters for ergonomically handling boards and windows.

Worldwide user organization founded for open IoT platform MindSphere - Schmalz is founder member

Working hand in hand with 18 partner companies, Siemens AG is founding “MindSphere World”, a worldwide user organization for the cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere.

Schmalz at LogiMAT 2018: A Broad Range of Vacuum Technology

The major topics in intra-logistics are the focus of LogiMAT 2018, from March 13 to 15 in Stuttgart, Germany. J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting its extensive range of efficient vacuum solutions for all manner of applications to the international audience there. The highlights include the new tube Lifter JumboFlex High-Stack for handling tasks with stack sizes up to 2.55 meters.

New Location: Schmalz Now Has a Presence in Australia

Vacuum specialist Schmalz is driving forward its internationalization: The new subsidiary in Melbourne (Australia) is the 19th Schmalz location worldwide.

Schmalz Realigns Its Management Board

At the end of the year, Wolfgang Schmalz will move from the management board of J. Schmalz GmbH to the future advisory council of the company.

Schmalz Aluminum Vacuum Blocks Provide the Necessary Grip on Bath Furnishings

The company talsee is a trustworthy partner for anyone wishing to turn their bathroom into an oasis of wellbeing. Its manufacturing center in hochdorf, in the seetal region of switzerland, is well known for its custom fabrication of bath furnishings such as bathroom furniture, mirrored cabinets, and bathtubs. For working with the challenging material corian®, talsee relies on a vacuum solution from schmalz. Aluminum vacuum blocks ensure that the material is gripped securely during sawing and milling operations. For talsee, this solution brings significant time savings and increases process reliability.

Video: Saving Materials With Industry 4.0

Customized products are produced in the so called "one-piece-flow" at Schmalz. This allows a top material efficiency. The digitalization helps to make the hole process more efficient.

Efficient Vacuum Technology from Schmalz at Blechexpo 2017

J. Schmalz GmbH will showcase its portfolio of powerful vacuum handling solutions for machining sheet metal at Blechexpo 2017 in Stuttgart from November 7 to 10. The highlights at booth 1003, hall 1 include an app that makes it simple to parameterize intelligent components.

Indian Ambassador Visits Schmalz in Glatten

High-ranking visitors to J. Schmalz GmbH in Glatten: The managing directors Wolfgang Schmalz and Andreas Beutel welcomed the Indian ambassador Mrs. Mukta Dutta Tomar as well as the Parliamentary State Secretary Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.

Opening of New Schmalz Sales Center in Japan

After less than a year of construction, Schmalz held a traditional ceremony to officially open its new sales center in Japan.

New Schmalz App for More Transparent Production

Schmalz has released a new app to make production more transparent for its users. Users can download the app on a smartphone or tablet to easily install, parameterize and operate vacuum components, such as the vacuum and pressure switch VSi. This reduces procurement costs, shortens startup time and optimizes device servicing.

Schmalz at the Motek Trade Show: Smart Vacuum Technology with Utility Value

As the leading provider of vacuum technology, Schmalz supports its customers on the way toward networked production. The company will be at Motek 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany from October 9 to 12. At booth 3101 in Hall 3, Schmalz will demonstrate how vacuum technology can provide the operator with important process data through various channels, make automation procedures transparent, and thus bring increases to productivity.

Schmalz Continues to Grow: New Production and Office Building Opened in the USA

In July of this year, the vacuum specialist Schmalz christened the new headquarters of its USA branch in Raleigh, North Carolina, an investment of around USD 6.5 million.

Schmalz Reinforces Location in Glatten, Germany: Ground Broken for Modern Office Building

J. Schmalz GmbH is continuing to grow. The company is expanding its central Sales and Development facility by a new office building with five floors. This is just the most recent of its efforts to build up its headquarters in Glatten, Germany. Representing an investment of around six million euros, the new building will provide 3,500 square meters (nearly 38,000 square feet) of space for 140 office workplaces. The guest list for the official groundbreaking ceremony included mayor Tore-Derek Pfeifer, the supervising architects from Schneider Architektur, and representatives of the construction companies involved.

Schmalz China won the Golden Finger Robot Prize

The prize was awarded by CMIF, China Machinery Industry Federation.

Flexible and Transparent Processes in Our Increasingly Digital World

Digitalization is transforming industry. It is changing processes and business models, and it is requiring some companies to seek completely new strategies: in their daily work, in their contact with customers and above all in product development. For Schmalz, a specialist in vacuum automation, digitalization presents opportunities and challenges in equal measure. A quick glance in the product catalog shows how the company is already taking advantage of these many opportunities. Many of the solutions for networked factories have been in use for years. Schmalz therefore benefits from its “domain knowledge,” or knowledge relating to practical applications. The company also has plenty of ideas for new business models.

A Lifting Aid That You Can Wear

In manual handling tasks, body-assist robotics can significantly reduce the negative impact on human health. Schmalz is seeing increasing demand for products that assist workers in transporting light loads. As part of a research project, the company has developed an exoskeleton that lends an extra set of legs for lifting loads from low heights – literally.

From the Field to the Cloud with No Configuration Needed

The platform-independent SICON Gateway connects IO-Link-enabled actuators and sensors from different manufacturers to MES/ERP systems and supplies valuable data from the production process to the cloud. The Gateway was developed by the company GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH (Association for Production Systems). GPS has been part of the Schmalz Group since the beginning of the year.

Gantry Robots Blaze New Trails in Timber Construction

48,624 wooden pieces make up the 2,308 square meter roof of the new Arch-Tec-Lab at the ETH university (Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule) in Zurich. The curved roof structure for this architectural marvel was provided by the company ERNE AG Holzbau. To ensure that the roof was manufactured with high dimensional accuracy, this Swiss company used a gantry robot from Güdel together with vacuum technology from Schmalz. The specialist for timber construction thereby showed how modern production technologies can be successfully combined with renewable materials. “Without the robots we would not have been able to complete this project so quickly,” says Thomas Wehrle, a member of the management board at Erne.

Fast Processes in Motorhome Construction

Qualified employees, modern machinery, efficient logistics – these are Capron GmbH’s recipe for success. The company manufactures a range of high-quality motorhomes, from two-person designs all the way to family-sized vehicles. To make these motorhomes, Capron uses vacuum technology from J. Schmalz GmbH – which is based in the town of Glatten in Germany’s Black Forest – along its entire added-value chain. Around 30 tube lifters, vacuum grippers and clamping solutions ensure stable, fast and ergonomic processes – from milling the shelves to installing the roof.

Area Gripper FMHD from Schmalz: Easy to Maintain and Effective in Timber Construction

Schmalz is extending its portfolio of efficient vacuum solutions for fully automatic handling in the wood-working industry with the area gripping system FMHD. This gripper is robust, particularly easy to maintain, and – by virtue of its integrated vacuum reservoir – uses very little energy.

Vacuum Specialist Schmalz Joins the Swiss LeanFactory Group

What does "Lean Production" stand for? And how am I able to design leaner processes? The LeanFactory Group connects entrepreneurs and companies with interesting solutions to discuss theses topics.

Schmalz acquires the GPS – Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH

The Schmalz Group is expanding: With retroactive effect from January 1, 2017, Schmalz has acquired all the shares of “GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH” (Association for Production Systems) in Stuttgart. Schmalz is specialized on automation and handling solutions based on vacuum. GPS becomes part of the international Schmalz network with 17 locations worldwide.

New vacuum generator from Schmalz: Creating a vacuum without compressed air

The electrical vacuum generator ECBP from J. Schmalz GmbH represents a new generation of intelligent vacuum generators that do not require compressed air. The ECBP has an integrated interface for connection to grippers and robots, and is particularly suited for use on lightweight robots in mobile robotics as well as for stationary handling tasks.

Schmalz at Ligna: Wood working enhanced by vacuum technology

“Making more out of wood” was the motto at Ligna 2017 in Hanover, from May 22 to 26. Workpiece handling plays an integral tole in commercial wood working. J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting powerful systems for manual and automated vacuum handling in the wood and furniture industries in hall 15, booth A06. A new addition is the area gripper FMHD for reliable transport of unplaned workpieces.

Schmalz at Interpack 2017: Vacuum Technology for Efficient Handling of Packages

From May 4 to 10, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, everything will focus on packaging. J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting solutions for automated and manual vacuum handling at the Interpack trade show. The highlights at booth A40 in hall 13 will include oval tubular bag suction cups for fast flow-wrap processes and silicone bellows suction cups for the food and beverage industry that can be detected by a metal detector.

Enhanced work climate thanks to ergonomic radiator handling

The Zehnder Group is a specialist for comfortable and energy-efficient indoor climate solutions. Yet the company's innovative capacity also extends to its work climate: Where employees at the Swiss plant in Gränichen used to stack radiators weighing up to 80 kg onto pallets by hand – a time-consuming and extremely arduous process – they are now enjoying the benefits offered by Schmalz vacuum technology. The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo lifts the radiators into the desired position, thereby ensuring utmost ergonomic comfort – much to the delight of the employees – while also achieving significant time savings.

Schmalz at the HANNOVER MESSE 2017 Trade Show: Intelligent Vacuum Solutions for Networked Production

The main theme at this year’s Hannover Messe is “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” and the trade show will highlight how the vision of networked industry has become reality. In Hall 17, Booth E26, the vacuum specialist Schmalz will present smart field devices and other vacuum solutions that make production processes multiple times more efficient and transparent.

A Fine Art: Handling Sensitive Workpieces Safely

The transport of goods with sensitive surfaces requires a gentle touch. With that in mind, J. Schmalz GmbH has developed a special cover for its vacuum area gripping system FXP/FMP. It can be used, for instance, to grip even very thin glass gently and without scratching. The gripping system can also use the protective cover made from a special mesh in cleanroom applications.

Volkswagen names Schmalz “Top Innovator of the 2016 Volkswagen Logistics Day”

Volkswagen has named J. Schmalz GmbH “Top Innovator of the 2016 Volkswagen Logistics Day.” The automotive company honored the vacuum specialist's forward-looking projects in manual handling. Out of about 180 participants, Schmalz was appointed to a shortlist of the 20 best innovators by logistics experts from VW and the Institute for Production Management (IPM).

Minister President Kretschmann Inaugurates Schmalz's New Building in India

After an eight-month construction period, the Minister President of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, inaugurated Schmalz's new production and office building in Pune (India) on January 24. The new building offers an additional surface area of around 1,600 square meters – more than double the surface area of the existing building.

Schmalz at the LogiMAT 2017: A comprehensive display of handling technology

“Shaping change – digital, networked, innovative”: That’s the slogan that will lure specialists in the fields of distribution, material flow and information flow to Stuttgart, Germany, for the LogiMAT 2017, which will take place from March 14 to 16. J. Schmalz GmbH will use the trade show as a platform to present to the public its comprehensive range of efficient vacuum handling solutions for a multitude of intra-logistics applications.

Schmalz Vacuum Components Allow Efficient Handling of Sheet Metal

In order to load metal sheets into presses quickly and reliably, you need to have a good grip of the situation. This is why Swiss material flow specialist Güdel AG relies on Schmalz vacuum components: Powerful vacuum grippers combined with intelligent vacuum generators make for short machining times. During machining, the vacuum generators record relevant process data and make it available via a range of communication channels. This allows Güdel to lay the foundations for predictive maintenance, thus preventing costly downtime.

On the road to autonomous warehouses: Gripping technology takes key position

Rarely before has automation technology experienced such a fundamental transformation than at present—massively influenced by increasing digitization of all areas of value creation. It begins with the ordering of goods, which increasingly takes place online. These developments bring new challenges for the shipment of goods and especially for the handling technology needed to carry it out. Gripping systems are taking on a key position as the interface to the product: If they do not function reliably, even the most sophisticated automation processes in the warehouse may stall.

Powerful Magnetic Grippers for Hot Parts

Schmalz’s new series of magnetic grippers are designed to handle ferromagnetic workpieces and feature high holding forces and excellent temperature resistance. These grippers make it easier to handle ferromagnetic workpieces such as perforated plates, laser-cut parts or sheet metal with drill holes and apertures. Custom connection options ensure that there is always a surface on the product that is suitable for gripping.

Packaging Market: Important Role for Vacuum Handling Technology

The German packaging machinery industry is known for its high specialization and outstanding export quotas. A growing variety of packaging types and materials has led to an increase in the demand for flexibility and efficiency of the machines. This also has implications for automation and handling technology—in particular, for the optimization of process chains. The J. Schmalz GmbH firm recognized this development early and offers an extensive product range of economical vacuum solutions for transporting products with varying properties quickly and reliably.

Schmalz Vacuum Technology Handles Plastics Reliably and Gently

Automating the mass production of plastic parts requires efficient material flows in the processes before and after production. At the K trade fair in Düsseldorf (October 19 to 26), Schmalz will be exhibiting high-performance vacuum technology for fast and reliable handling of plastic objects with various properties. A wide range of vacuum gripping systems, vacuum components and vacuum lifters will be on display at booth E04 in hall 9.

Custom Vacuum Suction Cups for Glass Working

The vacuum specialist Schmalz has developed new suction cups for grinding glass workpieces on flat table machines produced by the Japanese manufacturer Bando Kiko.

Schmalz at the EuroBLECH Trade Show: Vacuum Solutions for Gentle and Reliable Handling of Sheet Metal

J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting a range of innovative vacuum technology products at EuroBLECH 2016, an international trade show for sheet metal machining technology (October 25 to 29 in Hanover). These products include vacuum components and systems for automated and manual handling and clamping of sheet metal. Vacuum specialist Schmalz offers solutions for all processes along the added-value chain—for example for reliably transporting hot and deformed sheet metal without damaging it. Users, for instance those from the automotive industry, can employ the solutions to make their production processes significantly more efficient and ergonomic.

Schmalz to present a new series of magnetic grippers at the Motek trade show

J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting solutions for a wide range of automated and manual handling applications at the Motek 2016 trade show in Stuttgart (October 10 to 13). The company will introduce the new SGM-HP/-HT series of magnetic grippers as well as many other solutions at booths 3020 and 3110 in hall 3. These grippers can handle ferromagnetic workpieces and feature high holding forces and excellent temperature resistance.

Vacuum power for versatility: Schmalz exhibits solutions for the packaging industry at the FachPack trade show

J. Schmalz GmbH will be exhibiting automated and manual vacuum handling solutions for the packaging and food and beverage industries at the FachPack 2016 trade show (September 27 to 29 in Nuremberg). New products at the Schmalz booth (booth 105 in hall 2) include the oval tubular bag suction cup SPOB1f for flow-wrap packaging processes in packaging machines.

Door lifting made easy

The Brunegg AG door factory from Switzerland manufactures between 500 and 600 doors every day. Because of this the company is the market leader in the country. The growing range includes increasingly larger and heavier doors - this places high demands on the handling technology during production. Due to this, the manufacturer is pursuing the powerful lifting aids of the vacuum specialist Schmalz. With the Jumbo Ergo 300 tube lifter, employees can move up to 250kg doors effortlessly, safely and without risking injury to their backs.

Vacuum Technology: Gentle Handling for Sensitive Glass

Glass, already a universal material, is continually finding new applications. Nowhere is this more on display than at the glasstec 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf (September 20 to 23, 2016). Vacuum specialist Schmalz will be presenting a selection of their solutions for gentle and reliable handling of sensitive materials at hall 11, booth H 39. Among their new products is the vacuum block VCBL-GL, which is used in the grinding of glass workpieces on Bando Kiko flat table machines.

A Great Shop and a Wealth of Vacuum Expertise: Schmalz Starts New Web Platform

The relaunch paid off: J. Schmalz GmbH has fully redesigned the appearance, content and technical features of its website Optimizing user-friendliness is an important aspect of the new site, which comes with a full-fledged online shop. Around 6,000 vacuum technology items can be ordered with just a few clicks – on a computer or just as easily on a tablet or smartphone.

Schmalz Vacuum Solution Improves Material Flow in ABB Schaffhausen

Vacuum specialist Schmalz’ lifting technology delivers exceptional performance for ABB in Swiss city Schaffhausen. ABB uses the JumboFlex vacuum tube lifter in its logistics center. The handling of small load carriers has improved significantly since.

SPZ-M-C Vacuum Gripping System with Comprehensive Software Package

High-performance vacuum gripping systems allow for quick palletizing and de-palletizing of various goods in warehouses and in intra-logistics processes, which helps to increase productivity. Schmalz has developed a software package for the SPZ-M-C high-performance palletizer to ensure reliable control of the gripper. The program contains an intuitive user interface that allows users to execute automated handling of product layers more easily and to save gripping procedures.

Solutions for Energy Storage Systems: Schmalz Adds a New Business Area

Vacuum specialist Schmalz is adding a new business area: The company is now planning to offer solutions for energy storage systems. These solutions are being developed in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT).

New vacuum components catalog from Schmalz: 760 pages of product variety

The new vacuum components catalog 2016/2017 from Schmalz offers all necessary components in order to design a vacuum system as well as background knowledge regarding vacuum technology across 760 pages.

Schmalz at the Automatica Trade Show: A Multitude of Vacuum Technology for Automated Processes

“Optimize your Production” – so goes the motto at the Automatica trade show, which takes place in Munich from June 21 to 24. Gripping technology plays a key role in optimizing production processes. Schmalz is showcasing the benefits that grippers with vacuum power provide in doing so in hall A5, booth 303. The products on show include a variety of individual vacuum components and ready-to-connect gripping systems.

Schmalz nominated for Hermes Award 2016

Major success for the vacuum specialists Schmalz from Glatten: As one of only five companies, the company achieved a prestigious place on the list of nominees for the Hermes Award. The “Oscars for engineers” is one of the most important innovation prizes for the industry globally. The prize was awarded on April 24 at the opening ceremony of the Hanover trade show in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama.

New Schmalz Bag Suction Cup for High-Speed Packaging Processes

The vacuum specialist Schmalz has developed a new series of SPOB1f-type oval tubular bag suction cups especially for flow-wrap packaging processes. With up to 600 parts processed per minute, flow-wrapping is an extremely dynamic application – which involves special requirements for the handling of workpieces.

Vacuum tube lifter from Schmalz: A strong start for starter batteries

The production and assembly processes of the automotive industry run at a high tempo and involve the rapid lifting of small loads. This work also often involves a lot of manual effort – with negative consequences for the health of employees, for productivity and for materials. Schmalz offers a variety of vacuum handling systems for ergonomically transporting a range of different goods with care. For instance, the tube lifter JumboFlex Battery has proven itself an impressive solution for akkuteam Energietechnik GmbH. It takes the load off employees by handling starter batteries weighing from 20 to 27 kg.

New clamping system from Schmalz: More flexibility for 3D free-form surfaces

For more flexibility in automated production environments, Schmalz has developed the Suction Cup Balance SSCB: A gripping and clamping system with automated conversion capability for 3D mold surfaces. With the same system, workpieces of different contours can be gripped and clamped - a great advantage in the automotive industry for example.

Schmalz at CeMat 2016 with efficient vacuum handling technology

Economical intra-logistic solutions and intelligent supply chain management are the focus of the world’s leading trade show for intra-logistics, CeMAT 2016, from May 31 to June 3. J. Schmalz GmbH is exhibiting a cross section of their comprehensive range of efficient vacuum handling technology and responsive aluminum crane systems in Hanover.

Schmalz awarded the 2016 German CSR Prize

The vacuum specialist Schmalz has been awarded the 2016 German CSR Prize, one of the most renowned sustainability prizes in Germany. The organizers of the 12th German CSR Forum praised the company for its holistic approach to reducing the ecological footprint of vacuum technology products. Schmalz prevailed over Deutsche Bahn AG and the Swiss Migros-Genossenschaftsbund in the final round.

Schmalz Vacuum Tube Lifter for the Ergonomic Handling of Starter Batteries

With its vacuum tube lifter JumboFlex Battery, Schmalz is providing a complete solution for the ergonomic and safe handling of starter batteries. Batteries commissioned edge to edge on the pallet have to date made removal difficult. Particularly for models without handles, the batteries weighing up to almost 30 kilograms have to be manually removed and transferred with great physical exertion because it is not possible to grip them mechanically.

Powerful Vacuum Blocks for Clamping Solid Wood Workpieces

J. Schmalz GmbH has produced a new range of aluminum vacuum blocks for machining structured solid wood workpieces. The hose-free vacuum clamping system for CNC machining centers with a console table ensures the workpiece is held securely in place, enabling high precision in the production process.

Aluminum Vacuum Blocks from Schmalz: A Strong Hold on Shear Forces

The machining of solid core plastic sheets and hardwood workpieces requires high cutting forces. This posed a challenge for the Eibl joinery firm, who found that workpieces kept slipping during the clamping process, thereby jeopardizing a safe machining process. Help finally came in the form of a solution provided by vacuum specialist Schmalz. Efficient aluminum vacuum blocks ensure the sheets are held securely in place and control the shear forces that are at play, allowing rapid and reliable processing.

Vacuum Suction Spider from Schmalz is the Ideal Solution for Handling Insulating Sheets

A vacuum suction spider supplied by J. Schmalz GmbH is optimizing the handling of wood fiber sheets at the insulation specialists HOMATHERM® in Berga. The solution is increasing the company's process reliability and output. Material damage to sheets, high maintenance costs and complex set-up processes have become a thing of the past.

Schmalz at the HANNOVER MESSE trade show: a focus on efficient vacuum generation

Efficient vacuum generation is growing ever more important, especially in automated handling processes. With that in mind, Schmalz is fitting more and more of its vacuum generators with energy-efficient eco-nozzle technology. At Hannover Messe 2016 (April 25 to 29), the company will be showcasing ejectors for a multitude of applications and industries. Its high-performance vacuum gripping systems, manual handling solutions and vacuum clamping systems will also be on display at booth F25 in hall 17.

Schmalz China was the Most Successful in 2015

Every year the managing directors of the 16 subsidiaries abroad meet at the end of January at the joint World Marketing Meeting (WMM) – this international meeting has now taken place in Glatten for the 29th time.

Schmalz Welcomes Its Thousandth Employee Worldwide

We are just a few weeks into the 106th year in the history of the vacuum specialists Schmalz – and we already have a special announcement: in January, the company welcomed its 1000th employee worldwide.

Schmalz Awarded for the “Best Innovation System” in German Industry

The Global Market Leader in Vacuum Technology Receives an Award in Stuttgart

Vacuum technology increases productivity in the wood and furniture industry

Today, wood-processing companies have to be flexible, fast and deliver on schedule – with the consequence of fully exploiting the potential for rationalization in the company and continually optimizing internal processes. To meet these requirements, the vacuum specialist Schmalz offers a wide range of products for manual and automated handling processes. Users in the wood and furniture industry profit from more efficiency and increased productivity.

Schmalz Brings an Innovative Product Range to Blechexpo 2015

J. Schmalz GmbH is exhibiting at Blechexpo 2015 (Stuttgart, November 3 to 6), where it is set to showcase its product range of vacuum handling solutions for the sheet metal handling and processing industry at stand 1104, hall 1

Schmalz introduces new SBPL basic ejector for short cycle times

The vacuum specialist Schmalz is extending its range of vacuum generators with very high suction rates with the launch of the new basic ejector SBPL (Schmalz Basic Pump Large). It is particularly well suited for safe handling of various workpieces and enables short cycle times.

New bellows suction cup from Schmalz for safe and dynamic handling

To support efficient handling in the packaging industry, Schmalz presented the new SPB2 bellows suction cup at the Fachpack trade show. It can be used with cardboard box and tray erectors, for example, which require particularly high suction cup stroke, dynamic performance and wear resistance.

Vacuum tube lifter from Schmalz: Ergonomic movement of heavy wooden boards

The Swiss joinery business Ziehli stands for craftsmanship and precision in the field of furniture construction. From its base in Lobsigen, north west of Berlin, the company creates custom products tailored to customer requirements, which naturally requires a great deal of flexibility. The employees in Ziehli’s production facilities have recently welcomed an able new assistant in the form of the Schmalz JumboErgo 300 vacuum tube lifter. It allows for more ergonomic handling of heavy and unwieldy wooden boards, while also optimizing the production process.

Schmalz Introduces Vacuum Lifters for Ground Conveyors

Electrically operated ground conveyors play a central role in logistics centers and intra-logistics. 2014 was a record year for this market segment. At the same time, the need for lifting aids in warehousing and picking technology is also increasing in order to improve efficiency on the one hand and take the strain off employees on the other – especially against the backdrop of shifting demographics. J. Schmalz GmbH is staying abreast with these developments, offering an integrated solution based on vacuum tube lifters and electrical stackers. The tube lifter is attached directly to the floor conveyor and allows you to move loads with ease.

Schmalz Inc. is breaking new ground in Raleigh, NC

Schmalz Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be breaking ground at its new 6 acre site on 5850 Oak Forest Drive together with Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH, Wolfgang Schmalz, Dr. Volker Schmitz, President of Schmalz Inc., the Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall and other government officials.

Lightweight but Robust: The Upward Trend in Aluminum Crane Systems

For some time now, the market for cranes has been dominated by the established manufacturers of steel crane systems for transporting heavy loads ranging up to several tons. Over the last few years, however, the sector for smaller load capacities of under a ton has been experiencing some extremely dynamic development. What this sector requires are manually controlled systems that are responsive and ergonomic. The vacuum and handling technology specialist J. Schmalz GmbH was one of the first manufacturers to launch a fully developed system of lightweight aluminum crane systems back in 2006. The company has experienced continuous growth in the sector.

Schmalz is presenting a comprehensive range of handling solutions at Motek 2015

Schmalz is exhibiting a cross section of its wide range of automation and material flow handling solutions at Motek 2015 in Stuttgart (from October 5 through October 8, 2015). For the first time, the vacuum technology specialist is showing the new SEM ejector series and new grippers for manual handling of small load carriers in hall 3 on stands 3020 and 3110.

Demographic Challenges: Vacuum Handling Takes the Load off Employees in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has felt the effect of changing demographics. The average age in manufacturing plants is constantly rising, and ergonomic workspaces are therefore becoming more and more important. Vacuum handling systems from J. Schmalz GmbH improve health and safety protection in the sector. The company offers a wide range of solutions that can be used to move a variety of loads such as front windshields, hoods or starter batteries ergonomically and with health and safety in mind.

Jam-packed for Fachpack: Schmalz showcases numerous innovations for efficient packaging processes

J. Schmalz GmbH will showcase their product portfolio for efficient handling in the packaging industry at Fachpack in Nuremberg from 29 September to 1 October. Among the highlights on stand 2-105 in hall 2 is the new bellows suction cup SPB2. This allows workpieces such as cardboard boxes to be transported dynamically and safely.

Schmalz vacuum blocks for CNC woodworking machines from Biesse: The innovative alternative

The Dittus carpentry workshop manufactures high-quality wood shop fittings and interior furnishings. To meet its customers exacting demands for quality and delivery times, the company uses a 5-axis CNC woodworking machine from the Italian manufacturer Biesse, with vacuum blocks serving as the clamping solution. But instead of the factory-fitted vacuum blocks, Dittus employs an alternative product from the vacuum specialist Schmalz: The Schmalz blocks are extremely durable, with a modular design and convincing price-performance ratio. Workpieces of varying dimensions are clamped securely and without damage.

Vacuum and Pressure Switches from Schmalz: Transparency in New Dimensions

J. Schmalz GmbH becomes the first company on the market to develop a new series of vacuum and pressure switches that open up completely new communication possibilities and make processes much more transparent. The VSi version is easy to integrate into systems and makes vital process data visible. The switch communicates with all conventional field-bus systems via IO link and also allows you to readout information using a smartphone.

Vacuum tube lifter from Schmalz: Ergonomics and efficiency go hand in hand

Gebr. Kemper GmbH + Co. KG install lifting technology from J. Schmalz GmbH in their new assembly and logistics hall. Vacuum tube lifters of the type JumboSprint 85, in combination with aluminum traveling cranes, optimize the handling of cardboard boxes and crates. This significantly increases process reliability and improves ergonomics at the workplace.

Grasping Gripping: From Customer Order to Custom System Solution

When a customer request arrives at the vacuum specialists Schmalz, a process involving multiple precisely coordinated steps is triggered at headquarters in Glatten. From concept development to engineering and then on to commencement of operations on site, the vacuum experts work hand in hand with the customer. From their perspective, gripping means understanding the customer requests and requirements, grasping the ideas at an abstract level and then implementing them in a customized system solution.

Schmalz Offers Cost-Effective Alternative to Original Replacement Blocks

Schmalz has developed new vacuum blocks to use with the CNC wood machining centers manufactured by the Italian company Biesse. The vacuum blocks represent a genuine alternative to original replacement blocks for a number of reasons: Not only are they extremely robust and able to hold the workpiece securely in the correct position, they also offer excellent value for money.

Schmalz Crowned as One of Germany's Best Employers: Excellent result achieved for the fourth time

The vacuum specialist Schmalz has been named as one of the best employers in Germany in the prestigious “Germany’s Best Employers 2015” competition, held by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Following successes in 2004, 2009 and 2012, this is the fourth time that Schmalz has received this accolade. In the rankings, Schmalz achieved an outstanding 13th position in the category for “Companies with 501 to 2000 employees.”

New catalog “Vacuum Components – Innovations and Additions 2015”

For constructors and users, the vacuum components catalog from Schmalz has almost become a standard reference work. The company based in the Black Forest has now added more than 700 pages to its main work: Schmalz is now presenting “Vacuum Components – Innovations and Additions 2015” on an additional 120 pages.

Schmalz presents the Compact Terminal SCTSi with Near Field Communication

Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, presented its new SCTSi Compact Terminal – for the first time with integrated NFC (near field communication) technology - at the Hanover Messe 2015. NFC allows important process parameters to be read out and controlled via the terminal device. For example, in this way the user can detect error messages quickly and instigate maintenance activities before expensive damage is caused.

Schmalz suction spiders transport sensitive PVC sheets gently and securely

Kömmerling represents the top brand for window profiles and PVC products. The company based in Pirmasens is among the world leaders in the production of plastic sheets and its innovations have been a feature of the sector for a long time. Kömmerling uses suction spiders from the vacuum specialist Schmalz in order to stack the finished sheets from the production line on to pallets. These ensure increased process reliability, protective transport and higher throughput.

Foxconn visits vacuum specialist Schmalz

In mid-April around 30 Foxconn representatives learned about current products and trends in vacuum technology at vacuum specialist Schmalz in Glatten (Black Forest). The high-ranking delegation had previously visited an exclusive selection of technology leaders at the Hanover trade show, including Schmalz. Topics such as energy efficiency and Industry 4.0 were particularly of great interest.

Schmalz at the Hannover Messe 2015 Trade Show: Near Field Communication, a New Feature in Vacuum Technology

Schmalz, a leader of innovation in vacuum technology, will be taking part in the Hannover Messe 2015 trade show (April 13 to 17). At this most important industrial trade show in the world, Schmalz will be presenting products and solutions fully in line with the show’s theme for this year: “Innovations for Integrated Industry.”

Vacuum Layer Gripping System SPZ Forklift from Schmalz Boosts Efficiency at Develey

Develey Senf & Feinkost GmbH is currently a hive of activity. June to September is gherkin season and up to ten production lines are running in parallel at the Pfarrkirchen plant in Lower Bavaria. Each day between 200 and 250 tons of cucumbers are processed to make pickled gherkins, which then have to be palletized and shipped. For the past year, Develey has been using the vacuum layer gripping system SPZ Forklift from J. Schmalz GmbH together with a pallet truck to carefully handle the jars. This method has enabled the gourmet food specialist to optimize its material flow and make work stations more ergonomic.

Schmalz Receives the Axia Award for Sustainable Management

Vacuum specialist Schmalz has received the “Axia Award 2014” for sustainable corporate management Its Managing Directors Dr. Kurt Schmalz and Wolfgang Schmalz accepted the prize alongside the Mayor of Glatten, Tore-Derek Pfeifer, at the awards ceremony held at Hotel Le Méridien in Stuttgart last Thursday.

J. Schmalz GmbH: Successful Presence in India for 15 Years

Vacuum specialist Schmalz has had a successful subsidiary in India for the past 15 years. With around 80 employees and its own production plant for elastomer parts, the company in Bhosari/Pune plays an important role in the global production network of the Schmalz Group. The company now intends to double the size of the current building.

New Brochure from Schmalz: Clamping Solutions for CNC Machining

In the company's latest brochure, J. Schmalz GmbH informs readers about its innovative vacuum clamping systems for CNC machining. On 32 pages, the clearly organized, richly illustrated brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the options for designing more efficient production processes with the help of a vacuum system.

Operation declared a success: Vacuum lifting devices from Schmalz streamline processes for medical engineering specialist

MEDIKOMP, based in Rastatt, Germany specializes in the production and assembly of complete medical products, with a focus on metalwork. At its Ötigheim site, it produces state-of-the-art, variable operating theaters. To transport the doors and wall panels ergonomically and efficiently, MEDIKOMP uses several handling solutions produced by vacuum specialist Schmalz. The following practical example shows just how successful this partnership is.

Vacuum membrane suction pad with shape memory drive scoops Schmalz Award for Innovation

To mark the anniversary of “30 Years of Vacuum Technology,” Schmalz has presented a new Award for Innovation. And the winner is... Julian Kunze from Saarbrücken in southern Germany won over the jury with his design for a shape-memory-driven vacuum membrane suction cup. He received EUR 4,000 in prize money, including a voucher for a four-week long internship at Schmalz. A special prize was awarded to an eight-year old school pupil for his idea to develop a tidying-up machine for the nursery. The vacuum specialist awarded the prizes at the beginning of October at Motek in Stuttgart.

Schmalz Presents New Compact Terminal

Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, presented its SCTSi Compact Terminal at EuroBLECH in Hanover. The terminal can be installed on a universal component gripper, for example, and accommodates up to 16 ejectors. This allows users even greater flexibility and enlarges their area of application significantly.

Aluminum Crane Systems: Specialist Interview with Klaus-Dieter Schwabenthan

Klaus-Dieter Schwabenthan, manager of the handling systems division at vacuum specialist J. Schmalz GmbH, speaks about the trend towards lightweight aluminum crane systems and the range of Schmalz cranes.

Schmalz showcases matrix gripper for gripping across the workpiece surface

At Motek 2014 in Stuttgart, vacuum specialist Schmalz presented the gripping technology of the future in the context of a technological development: a matrix gripper for handling flexible and unstable workpieces by gripping across the workpiece surface. The gripper is modular and simple to configure. It boasts a streamlined interface concept, which helps reduce the necessary wiring, for example.

Industry 4.0 ready: Vacuum solutions for the intelligent factory

Schmalz launched a vacuum generator with IO-Link interface back in 2008 – long before the subject of Industry 4.0 became known to a wide professional public. Today, the vacuum specialist markets numerous vacuum solutions that make production processes more productive, efficient and flexible, thus making a vital contribution to the intelligent factory. The company is also the first manufacturer to combine sensor and actuator functions in 4.0-compatible devices.

Schmalz at the EuroBLECH Trade Show: A Broad Range for Dynamic Handling Processes

At the EuroBLECH 2014 in Hanover (October 21 to 25), vacuum specialist Schmalz will be presenting its innovations for automated and manual handling with vacuum technology in Hall 11 at Booth B24.

Schmalz at the Glasstec Trade Show with a Highly Specialized Range of Products

At the Glasstec trade show in Düsseldorf (October 21 to 24), vacuum specialist Schmalz will be showing its highly specialized range of products for the entire value creation chain in the glass industry in Hall 11, Booth G42. The company will present solutions for both manual and automated handling, as well as innovative clamping systems.

Schmalz at the Motek Trade Show: New Matrix Gripper for Gentle Handling

At the Motek 2014 trade show in Stuttgart (October 6 to 9), the vacuum specialist Schmalz will be presenting part of its extensive range for automated and manual handling with vacuum technology in Hall 1 at Booth 1020. The company will present products such as a new matrix gripper for gentle handling of flexible and unstable workpieces by gripping across the workpiece surface.

JumboErgo vacuum tube lifter from Schmalz: Makes light work of heavy wood pieces

When it comes to tricky wood working projects, the joinery business Jos. Berchtold AG is one of the first ports of call. To be able to meet the individual requirements of its customers, the company utilizes sophisticated CNC machining centers from Homag, the efficient loading and unloading of which is ably performed by Jumbo vacuum tube lifters from Schmalz. They offer improved handling of the heavy wood pieces while also optimizing the process chain and safeguarding the health of company employees.

Mobile with the Vacuum Layer Gripping System SPZ Forklift from Schmalz

Schmalz offers a proven solution for palletizing and depalletizing entire layers of jars, cans or cardboard boxes: the vacuum layer gripping system SPZ Forklift. It is used with a forklift or pallet truck to optimize flexibility and mobility.

New Schmalz Nozzle Technology for Efficient Vacuum Generation

Vacuum specialist Schmalz is presenting the new compact ejector series SCPS/SCPSi with new eco nozzle technology at the Interpack trade show. The energy-efficient vacuum generators are ideal for a wide variety of highly dynamic handling processes.

Vacuum Clamping Technology Increases Machining Flexibility

J. Schmalz GmbH is expanding its extensive range of vacuum clamping solutions for metalworking with the flexible Innospann system. The fully compatible Vacuum Operation Center, which integrates completely with the system, is available for vacuum generation.

Efficient Automation Solutions from Schmalz at the Automatica

J. Schmalz GmbH is exhibiting efficient solutions for the automation of handling processes with vacuum technology at the Automatica trade show (Munich June 3-6, 2014) in Hall A5, Booth 303. The highlights include the compact ejectors SCPS/SCPSi with new eco nozzle technology as well as new, intelligent needle grippers with an IO-Link interface for reliable handling of composite textiles and other porous materials.

New Needle Gripper Series from Schmalz: Secure Grip for Composites, etc.

The vacuum specialist J. Schmalz GmbH is expanding its needle gripper series SNG with the variants SNG-AP (pneumatic) and SNG-AE (electrical). The new grippers are ideal for handling lightweight, thin and non-rigid materials such as composite textiles, as well as fleeces, filter materials, insulation materials and foams.

Vacuum Tube Lifter from Schmalz Optimizes Raw Material Handling in Paper Factory

Forklifts drive tons of pallets with heavy sacks into the halls of the Koehler Kehl GmbH paper factory in Kehl, Germany. The raw material must be commissioned and then transported to the paper machines. Previously, this work was done manually, placing the employees under great physical strain. Now, an innovation from J. Schmalz GmbH provides assistance: The vacuum tube lifter JumboFlex 50 ensures faster materials handling while taking the burden off the employees.

Efficiency for intra-logistics: Schmalz innovations at CeMAT

At this year’s CeMAT, the world’s leading trade show for intra-logistics, taking place in Hanover, Germany, from May 19 to 23, vacuum specialist J. Schmalz GmbH will be presenting a selection of its versatile intra-logistics products. This year, Schmalz will be located in hall 13, booth C46. The impressive reliability, ease of use, and energy efficiency of Schmalz innovations, such as tube lifter JumboFlex 50 or area gripping system FXP/FMP, are perfect for assuring smooth internal material flows.

Schmalz at the Interpack: Efficient Vacuum Solutions for the Packaging Industry

At this year’s Interpack trade show, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 8-14, 2014, vacuum specialist Schmalz will be showcasing innovative vacuum technology for the packaging industry. The key product highlight will be the compact ejector series SCPS/SCPSi featuring innovative eco nozzle technology; energy-efficient vacuum generators that are perfect for a wide range of applications.