After the success of Schmalz's first showcase last year, the company will once again demonstrate its product range for automation with vacuum technology. With its extensive range of components, Schmalz offers numerous elements for designing customized vacuum systems. This includes suction pads and vacuum generators as well as system monitoring components and filters, plus more.
Digitization at the sensor level
Smart Field Devices, which deliver transparent process and condition data for the digital factory, will also be on display. Schmalz works continuously to expand its program of components with integrated intelligence. For example, the vacuum and pressure switch VSi, the compact terminal SCTMi IO-Link, the vacuum generator ECBPi and now also the X-pump SXMPi can gather, interpret and communicate data via IO-Link up to the control level. In addition, process data, including maintenance and service information, can be displayed directly via an NFC interface (Near Field Communication) on a mobile device.
Ethernet for direct communication
With the Ethernet version of the compact terminal SCTMi, the vacuum expert now offers an alternative to the IO-Link version. In general, Industrial Ethernet systems such as PROFINET, EtherCAT and Ethernet/IP are designed for high real-time performance and robustness in order to satisfy the demands of industrial production. In contrast to field devices equipped with IO-Link, Industrial Ethernet devices can communicate directly with the plant control system and do not require any intermediary element such as an IO-Link master. This simplifies the system's cable setup and reduces the time and effort required for installation.
As a solution for platform-independent actuators and sensors, GPS—a subsidiary of Schmalz—is developing a gateway for process and application data under the brand name SICON. It uses plug-and-play interfaces to connect actuators and sensors with MES/ERP systems and supplies process visualization data to the cloud. IO-Link-enabled devices can be connected to the device without the need for configuration and important process data is automatically visualized. For instance, the data supplies information about the condition of the plant or important reminders for preventive maintenance.