Layer gripping system for handling product layers

Vacuum Technology for Distribution

Businesses must deliver quickly and reliably in order to remain competitive. That’s why the distribution logistics sector has such high standards for its automated and manual processes. Distribution logistics performs the necessary steps to transfer goods from a business to its customers. Distribution workflows range from packaging and order picking to palletizing and depalletizing.

For example, vacuum technology is used to handle pallets and products in various packaging during the distribution of goods. Schmalz’ vacuum layer gripping systems can palletize and depalletize entire product layers of totally different products. Vacuum tube lifters of the type Jumbo ensure safe and ergonomic lifting processes. Schmalz’ extensive product range offers the right solution for any challenge.


Schmalz Inc.
5850 Oak Forest Drive
Raleigh NC 27616
United States of America

Tel. +1 919 713-0880
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Requirements for Vacuum Technology

Handling products as an entire product layer
Vacuum layer gripping systems SPZ from Schmalz can handle entire product layers safely, precisely and automatically. They simply adjust to different product sizes and layer structures, and generate a powerful holding force. The layer gripping systems are adapted to the customer’s requirements based on a coordinated modular concept. The layer gripper can even handle workpieces whose surfaces are difficult to pick up with a vacuum.

Palletizing and depalletizing different products
Schmalz’ product range includes special palletizing and depalletizing solutions. The product layers can have not only a wide variety of sizes and weights, but also very different properties: Some are permeable; some can become deformed during handling. Large-area gripping systems or layer gripping systems from Schmalz flexibly adapt to the different products and surfaces. This means pallets can be filled with different products instead of just one type. The individualized, customer-specific dimensioning ensures an optimal design.

Ergonomic vacuum lifting devices for manual lifting tasks
Large numbers of goods have to be moved during manual order picking and palletizing workflows. Vacuum lifting devices make exhausting tasks like lifting, rotating and moving objects easier. The vacuum tube lifter frees operators from the weight of the workpieces so that they can ergonomically achieve the necessary handling speeds. The extensive range of grippers for the tube lifters allows them to handle a wide variety of workpieces such as cardboard boxes, barrels, jugs, buckets, sacks, etc.

Products for Distribution

Vacuum Area Gripping System FXP/FMP

  • Universal gripper for automated palletizing/de-palletizing, commissioning and sorting
  • Dimensions: 442 x 130 to 1,432 x 130 mm
  • Sealing element: Sealing foam, suction pad

Layer Gripping System SPZ

Complete gripping system for process-safe layered palletizing and depalletizing of glass jars with or without a lid as well as cans

Vaccum Spider SSP

Complete systems for individual applications, such as linking robots in presses and bending centers; picking in storage and distribution centers


  • Workpieces up to 50 kg
  • One-hand operation for rapid movement processes


  • Workpieces up to 300 kg in different formats
  • Twist grip for safe operation
  • Workpieces swivel by up to 90° (optional)


  • Compact workpieces up to 300 kg
  • Rotating operator handle for precise operation