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.
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.
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.
Find the perfect FXP area gripping system for your application. You can choose the length, the sealing element, and the valve type.
This universal suction cup gripper features integrated vacuum generation.
By choosing important attributes such as, for example, the length of the sealing element or the valve type, you can find the area gripper FMP best suited to your application. This gripper is fitted a connection for external vacuum generators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Schmalz, efficient use of limited resources (such as materials and energy) is a central business objective. In this regard, Schmalz places the main focus on its products: in addition to groundbreaking innovation, top quality, and maximum energy efficiency, the carbon footprint of a product is an important gauge of its resource efficiency. Schmalz minimizes the factors that influence product carbon footprint in all phases of the product life cycle. The carbon impact of a Schmalz product is therefore less than that of comparable products on the market.
The CO2 emissions that occur during the creation of a product are in large part subject to the design features of a product. For example, the materials and production techniques that are used and the energy that is later required are already determined during the development and design of a product. The main factors that influence the product carbon footprint have already been determined long before production of the first part begins.
During product development, Schmalz relies on state-of-the-art methods. Design variants are analyzed and compared in order to reduce the percentage of energy-intensive materials and production processes. When new products are being developed, clear environmental objectives are already defined in the functional specification – for example, by specifying energy values.
The manufacture of a product at Schmalz includes all processes that can be attributed to the value creation process, which also includes upstream processes. For this purpose, Schmalz routinely audits its suppliers, trains and advises them on matters of resource efficiency, and directly involves the most important partners in its own manufacturing process in the context of the Schmalz Value Creation System. This makes it possible to procure purchased parts and assemblies that already have a low carbon impact.
Since Schmalz’s production process is already carbon-neutral, the product carbon footprint is not further increased during the manufacturing process. If the entire company’s net reduction in carbon emissions is also taken into account, the Schmalz products are even exempt from the bulk of the carbon footprint that has been incurred up to that point.
The logistics processes are also examined and optimized. On the procurement side, Schmalz is increasingly relying on regional suppliers. This eliminates unnecessary transport distances. Schmalz uses climate-neutral shipping methods such as GoGreen shipping from DHL to transport the product to the customer.
Example of Resource-Efficient Product Creation
Making good things even better – this is one of the most important aims of product development at Schmalz. For example, the basic ejector SBPL works with highly efficient eco nozzle technology. This results in maximum energy efficiency in the handling of airtight and porous workpieces – as well as a much higher suction rate compared to its predecessor SEM. Air consumption and sound level are significantly lower for the SBPL. And in use of materials the SBPL convinces as well: Instead of aluminum, body and nozzle system of the new basic ejector will now be made of extremely robust, lightweight plastic. The variant with 0.8 kg is approximately 45% lighter than the SEM. Thanks to the modular product design, the SBPL vacuum generator is fast and simple to maintain. And also a look at the CO2 balance is worth while: savings in material and weight improve the balance sheet by around 65%.
Product Operation and Industry 4.0
When operating products in the field of vacuum technology, it is especially important to use the resources of compressed air and electricity in an efficient manner. Schmalz designs its products so that the only energy consumed is needed for the actual handling operation.
Energy consumption during downtime is prevented. Intelligent products also allow for process communication with the user’s control systems in order to adjust all process parameters for energy- efficient operation.
The basis for such functions is that all relevant process data is available in real time. Schmalz provides an entire range of socalled smart field devices for this purpose: They are fitted with comprehensive energy and process control functions, they gather and store data and make it available in the network. With the aid of their diagnostic and forecasting functions, they derive information regarding the condition of the unit and detect subtle changes or imminent malfunctions. With products such as these, Schmalz supports its customers heading towards Industry 4.0 – the switch to the intelligent factory. The steadily increasing networking inherent in this is resulting in a break up of traditional automation pyramids. The emphasis is now on vacuum generators, like the compact ejector X-Pump, within an automation cloud in which intelligent devices and services communicate with each other and organize themselves.
With the new VSi vacuum and pressure switch, Schmalz is demonstrating how intelligent field devices can be used to support more efficient process design. This switch not only monitors excess pressure and vacuum pressure in automation and handling systems, but it also provides the users with important data. For example, thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication), process settings and the operating instructions can also be displayed using a smartphone or tablet – for reading directly at the plant, with no wires, in a few seconds, and in a user-friendly format.
Vacuum Handling Without an External Energy Supply
The modular vacuum lifting device VacuMaster Eco allows for vacuum generation without an external energy supply. The vacuum is generated and dissipated by the lifting and lowering force of the chain hoist that the VacuMaster is attached to. This eliminates the need to operate an external vacuum generator and also reduces operating costs. In a technology study, Schmalz also applied this principle to a wide variety of grippers in automated handling processes.
Radio Remote Control for the Vacuum Tube Lifter
The vacuum tube lifters Jumbo can be equipped with radio remote control SRC. This allows to use the operating unit to switch the vacuum generator on and off during work breaks. Through the use of energy harvesting no external energy required for radio control is needed. The energy is recovered via the piezoelectric effect (pressing the button) or photoelectric effect (integrated solar cell) and is converted into a radio signal. When operating a tube lifter with the radio remote control SRC it saves up to 40% in energy.
Product Usage After the Utilization Phase
To complete the product life cycle in an efficient way, attention is paid to the separability of the individual materials when the product is first created. For example, the elastomer part on special suction cups can easily be separated from the aluminum connecting part. Since the elastomer is a part that is subject to wear and tear, it can easily be replaced without having to purchase a completely new suction cup. Separating the two components also allows for proper disposal of both materials.