Suction Spider

Robot Grippers Made-to-Measure

Schmalz individually designs vacuum suction spiders for your application needs. The vacuum suction spiders have been designed according to a modular principle. All versions of the vacuum suction spider are derived from the basic design which can be flexibly optimized for complex handling tasks. Our experienced system consultants also use individual vacuum components from our broad range of products.


Automation of handling sequences in manufacturing, assembly and quality inspection processes
Interlinking of robots in presses and bending centers
Automation of plastic injection molding and thermoforming machines, wood and plastic machining centers, waterjet, laser and punching machines
Picking in warehouse and distribution centers at industrial robots or gantries
Handling of metal profiles, blanks, stones, sheet material, car body parts, glass and ceramic components, solar panels, etc.
Modular system with standardized individual components optimally matched to customer requirements
Combination of different gripping principles (vacuum, mechanics, magnet etc.) possible
Low dead weight due to basic components made of aluminum, steel tube and plastic enables fast cycles
Increase in process reliability through integrated system monitoring and sensor technology
Intelligent valve modules for unoccupied suction cups

The figure shows the basic design of the suction spider SSP. On request, individual configurations with many extensions are possible.

(1) Vacuum valve Pneumatic interface

(2) Terminal box Electronic interface

(3) Flange connection Mechanical interface for common robots and gantries

(4) Mounting sections Used as load beam and vacuum distributor

(5) Flexible suspension Spring-mounted connection suitable for workpieces with height differences

(6) Gripping system (FMP/FXP) with suction cups For handling uneven and non-rigid workpieces

(7) Gripping system (FMHD) with foam For handling heavy and rough workpieces

(8) Grippers with different gripping principles For handling a wide range of workpieces (e.g. magnetic grippers for handling perforated plates or needle grippers for CFRP materials)

Product application glass

Vacuum suction spider SSP being used to handle module glass

Product application metal sheet

Vacuum suction spider SSP being used to handle cut metal sheets

Product application logistics

Vacuum suction spider SSP handling cardboard boxes of different sizes

Product application wood

Vacuum suction spider SSP for handling layered stacking of wooden boards

Product application photovoltaics

String gripper SSG handling PV strings

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