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.

Mechanical clamp VCMC-K2 clamping narrow frame parts.

Every two years, carpenters, joiners, and furniture makers as well as representatives from the woodworking industry come together in Hanover to find out more about the latest developments and trends in the world of wood. And at Hall 15, Booth A06, they will find J. Schmalz GmbH, which, along with ergonomic handling solutions, will primarily be presenting innovations from the area of vacuum clamping systems. One highlight is the new VCMC series. The mechanical clamping system for CNC machining centers with console tables can also securely hold narrow workpieces such as frame parts. This allows the user to adapt the eccentrically positioned clamping disc to the corresponding workpiece height without tools. Once connected to the vacuum system of the machining center, the VCMC reaches a clamping force of up to 700 Newtons.

Flat clamping solution for CNC machines

Nesting is one of the latest trends in the manufacturing industry. Nesting makes it possible for any shapes to be arranged with the help of a nesting map, resulting in minimal waste. Schmalz is picking up this trend by specially developing the vacuum block VCBL-G K1 for nesting tables. The vacuum block can be directly positioned on the top of the grid table without having to remove the tabletop first. This means the user does not need to set up the machine, which avoids long downtimes. The low working height of 30 mm means that the VCBL can also be used in 3-axis machining centers with low Z values.

Visitors can use the new, 170-page clamping equipment catalog, which Schmalz has reissued just in time for LIGNA, to obtain an overview of all the different clamping solutions.

Secure gripping for rough structures

For automated processes, Schmalz is presenting vacuum component and gripping systems for reliable transport of wooden workpieces. These include area gripper FMHD for glued boards or rough cut or planed timber pieces, as well as the area gripping system FMP-S. It is ideal for quick handling of furniture parts and wooden spacers. A robot cell with a corresponding area gripper and clamping system will be presented at the booth as an example application.

Ergonomic handling before and after processing

The vacuum experts will also be presenting a number of solutions at the trade fair for loading machines with wooden boards, particle boards and OSB sheets. Among other things, visitors can look forward to seeing an overhead crane system with the vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo 85. Schmalz has equipped the Jumbo with the area gripper FM as a gripper – this gripper can be used to reliably handle boards or workpieces with recesses. Furthermore, visitors to LIGNA can test out the JumboErgo 110 with a pneumatic swiveling unit.

Schmalz will use its new aluminum flat jib to demonstrate how ergonomic and fatigue-free handling is possible in low-ceilinged areas. It is designed for applications in the lower lift capacity range on the basis of the modular system for jib cranes. The crane system can be modularly adapted to the application in question using individual components.

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