Individual components and ready-to-connect gripping systems
Our product range includes a variety of suction cups with various shapes, sizes and materials, providing the right suction cup for every application. Suction cups consist of a elastomer part and a connection nipple.
Special grippers can be used for applications in which regular suction pads cannot generate a vacuum. Schmalz offers a variety of special grippers with various shapes, sizes and principles of operation.
Area gripping systems and end effectors are gripping systems that can be attached directly on the robot. Area grippers are universal and are used in a huge range of robot applications. Vacuum end effectors are easy to configure from the modular system. They are particularly suitable for processes in the packaging industry.
Schmalz offers a wide range of mounting possibilities for integrating suction pads or special grippers into a vacuum system.
Vacuum generators provide the required vacuum. The vacuum is generated either pneumatically (ejectors) or electrically (pumps, blowers). Pneumatic vacuum generators implement short cycle times and can be integrated directly into the system due to their compact and lightweight design. Ejectors offer intelligent functions for energy and process control. Electrical vacuum generators are used in applications when compressed air is not available or if very high suction capacities are required.
Valves are used to control the vacuum as well as the compressed air. The right valves can increase both the process reliability and the cost-effectiveness of the vacuum system.
Devices for system monitoring are crucial to ensure the safe operation of a vacuum system. Schmalz offers a wide range of switches, measuring and control devices, as well as warning devices.
Filters protect the vacuum generator from contamination. Vacuum distributors, hose lines and connections complete the vacuum system and connect suction pads to vacuum generators.
With certified courses, seminars and customer-specific training sessions on all topics within vacuum technology and efficiency, Schmalz provides expertise that is tailored to the exact requirements of your company.
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Handling Technology for Manual Processes
Using transport trolleys workpieces can be stored on smallest possible space. Different designs with a different amount of racks and platforms guarantee damage-free storage and easy transportation.
When parts need to be stored safely at a specific location, these wall storage shelves are indispensable. The long service life of the many storage shelves that have been delivered speaks for their durability and high quality.
The panel transport trolley is your ideal helper when you need to feed or unload table or upright saws. Its maximum carrying load and panel format are impressive.
If you want to clamp and process small work pieces without damage, you are at the right place. You have the additional option of implementing controlled vacuum generators to save energy and reduce noise.
The work benches were developed to allow you to clamp workpieces of a wide range of different materials. You have the additional option of implementing controlled vacuum generators to save energy and reduce noise.
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Clamping Solutions for CNC Machining Centers
Vacuum clamping technology for wood processing is essential for efficiently setting up console table, grid table and flat table systems. Existing machining centers can be easily modernized with the Innospann clamping system. The Schmalz clamping equipment lets you clamp both narrow workpieces and workpieces made from solid wood. The Multi-Clamp is the perfect tool for manual fixing of small and medium-sized workpieces.
Whether using a 1-circuit or 2-circuit system, panel processing or frame production – console vacuum blocks from Schmalz can be positioned precisely and are quick and easy to replace when changing the order. Choose from our comprehensive program of high-quality vacuum blocks and spare parts in original equipment manufacturer quality.
Schmalz vacuum blocks for grid tables enable simple and flexible use; without complex installation. The non-slip fixings enable secure clamping of the workpieces even with high processing forces. This makes them ideal for complex five-axis applications without a wear plate.
Schmalz clamping solutions enable the quick and uncomplicated setup of CNC machining centers with flat table. First the vacuum blocks and then the workpiece are fixed for machine processing via two independent vacuum circuits. Schmalz provides vacuum blocks with a hose connection for universal flat tables and a hose-free version for flat aluminum tables with an integrated vacuum distribution.
The vacuum clamping system Innospann enables every CNC machining center to be retrofitted independently of manufacturer and type. Modernization facilitates quick and flexible retrofitting following frequent product changes - for efficient manufacturing processes starting from one-piece production. Schmalz thus provides an economic alternative to investment in a new machine.
Very narrow and curved parts can be clamped easily and reliably with mechanical clamps and Adapter-Plates from Schmalz. Narrow suction surfaces enable the precise positioning of the vacuum block along the workpiece contours, holding the workpiece in place. The workpiece is mechanically clamped firmly in place using the clamp.
Schmalz vacuum clamping technology provides an efficient solution for clamping workpieces made from solid wood. The clamping equipment lets you process workpieces on consoles with single and two-circuit vacuum systems quickly and safely.
The vacuum clamping system Multi-Clamp is the perfect tool for quick and flexible clamping of small and medium-sized workpieces. They can be fixed in any position and processed all-round. The Multi-Clamp is portable and can be used in a variety of industrial, workshop and building-site contexts.
Replacement suction plates for vacuum blocks in different sizes for various machine table systems. The top and bottom suction plates can be replaced quickly and easily.
The Schmalz Matrix-Plate guarantees minimal set-up times when clamping flat workpieces with flat undersides on CNC machining centers. Using the vacuum clamping system, even components that are difficult to clamp mechanically can be secured precisely, quickly and without distortion. Flexibility is increased again when combined with the Innospann Steel-Plate. Productivity and set-up times can be further optimized, particularly when workpieces are changed frequently.
Components which are difficult to clamp mechanically can be clamped easily, quickly, without distortion and precisely. The Matrix-Plate can be secured quickly on the machine table with the aid of clamping claws or a zero-point clamping system. Vacuum table, vacuum chuck
Schmalz clamping solutions ensure flexible and efficient production processes in glass working. Suction cups with special friction pads are wear resistant and guarantee precise results, even in challenging operating conditions. Schmalz developed the Quick-Change System SQC especially for machine tables with screw-attachment suction cups. The quick-change suction cups offer minimal setup times and maximum flexibility.
Workpieces with uneven, rounded or curved contours present a new challenge for clamping technology. With the Schmalz Basic Holding Fixture, complex components for CNC machining and measurement processes can be clamped without a problem. With the Suction Cup Balance SSCB, Schmalz has developed both a clamping system with precise positioning for 3D free-form surfaces and a gripping system equipped for automatic setup and simultaneous gripping.
The vacuum generation contributes significantly to process reliability when clamping workpieces on CNC machining centers. Schmalz has developed vacuum generators specially to meet the demands in the metal and glass working industry. These systems not only prepare the material, but also monitor and separate liquids or chips that have been sucked in.
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“In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to spend three months in our subsidiary in Japan as part of my cooperative education program.
When I arrived, I was given a little apartment measuring approximately 20 m² that I would call my home for the next few months. Although the apartment was small, it had everything I needed. At first, I found it difficult to use some of the devices and Japanese writing is still a complete mystery to me. Even the weekly Japanese lessons provided by two of my colleagues could only help to a certain extent.
Of course, I wasn’t sent to Japan to master the language. My main role was to work with complaints management, to assist with assembly and shipping, and to process different data. There were always other small tasks I could do, for example designing and implementing a board for the trade fair.
From the moment I arrived, I was fascinated and inspired by the culture and the landscape. I quickly realized I would miss the Japanese food. As well as the miso soup, various tofu dishes, soup with soba noodles or udon noodles, and plenty of fresh vegetables, I also adored the taste of the sweet mochi made from sticky rice.
I was so delighted that my colleagues spent their weekends taking me to places that an average tourist would never get to see. Not only did I visit the famous Mount Fuji, I saw many other breathtaking sights. These sights included the beautiful bamboo temple in Kamakura, an open-air noodle restaurant on a river in Saitama, where you can fish for your floating noodles using a bamboo cane, and the Hakone Shrine on Lake Ashi.
Toward the end of my stay, I had the chance to spend a week traveling through Japan. Of course, this was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. Before I even left for Japan, I bought the Japan Rail Pass. The pass can be used on the Shinkansen high-speed rail network. The Shinkansen is similar to the German ICE system. However, the similarity with Germany’s rail network ends there. Japan is some way ahead of Germany in this respect. For example, during the three months I spent in Japan not a single train was a minute late! From Yokohama, I traveled to Kyoto, Nara, Miyajiama, Hiroshima, and the Temples of Nikko, among others. A colleague even recommended that I visit the estate of his friends, a family near Hiroshima. As well as enjoying their Japanese garden, teahouse, and onsen hot spring, I also spent the evening with them.
It was moments like this that made my time in Japan so precious. By deliberately taking detours through small side streets unspoilt by tourism, I met lots of people who told me stories about Japan and about their lives. Because of these experiences and the fact that my colleagues went to such great lengths to make my summer unforgettable, every day Japan felt less like a foreign country and more like home.
I still feel overwhelmed by the sheer helpfulness and friendliness of everyone I met during my time in Japan. The name “Land of Smiles” couldn’t be more perfect!
I was always so sure that Japan would not be one of the countries I would visit in my lifetime. Now, I am certain that this is not the last I have seen of this fascinating country!”