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.
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.
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.
At Schmalz, exceptional commitment to social and ecological issues is consistent with their primary economic objectives. Economic efficiency, in the financial sense, is therefore a primary factor in our decision-making process. While some companies have to focus on turning a profit within the next quarter, Schmalz is planning and calculating for the long-term – for sustainability.
Family Business and Self-Reliance
Schmalz is a medium sized family business that is already managed by the third generation of the owner family – the long-term future of the company has top priority. The owners set great store by a high degree of innovation, a maximum freedom of scope and self-reliance of the company. The basis for all this is stable profitability and high equity capital adequacy.
Active Knowledge Management and Open Communication
Schmalz convinces its customers with high consulting expertise and decades of experience in the field of vacuum technology – both nationally and internationally. Beyond borders, the company relies on active knowledge management and a structured exchange of experience within the group of companies: with globally net worked IT systems, its own training academy and continuous communication in national and international trade and project teams. Also, open communication is very important: Monthly, the company informs through its staff magazine about the objectives and current figures and measures derived from them. The intranet is the central platform for the exchange of employees worldwide.
Technology and Innovation
Ensuring a long-term leading role in a technologically demanding market calls for creativity and innovation as well as for the use of the latest technologies and the courage to blaze new trails. Schmalz invests 8.5% of its annual turnover in research and development, more than 80 employees work in this department. In addition Schmalz is involved in a great network of universities and institutes. Approximately 450 granted property rights and a large number of new registrations each year argue for themselves.
Since entering into vacuum technology in 1984, the company has been a driving force in the design of automation, handling, and clamping technology. Schmalz provides solutions which represent energy efficiency, technological progress and premium quality. As a trendsetter, Schmalz has succeeded repeatedly in identifying trends at an early stage, has come up with market-driven innovations and set the standards. This means that, today, the company already offers a broad range of products for the networked intelligent factory of tomorrow. Schmalz has responded to the trend of ergonomic handling of loads with his versatilely usable vacuum lifters.
Variety of Industries and Growth Markets
In almost all industries Schmalz products are used. The company therefore is active in a variety of industries – and therefore less vulnerable to cyclical fluctuations in individual markets. This creates stability and provides a solid base for investment in the further development of the company. International growing industries are the focus of Schmalz. Industries such as wind power, packaging, logistics, battery and automobile production, offer much potential for further sales growth. The objective: Schmalz wants to further expand its leading role as a global supplier of vacuum technology.
Internationality and Customer Focus
Customers all around the world rely on vacuum technology from Schmalz. A strong customer focus and excellent quality of service therefore have top priority at Schmalz. With a network of 18 own companies and trading partners in more than 80 other countries Schmalz ensures customer focus through personal advice and excellent service worldwide.
Suppliers and Partners
With its suppliers and partners, Schmalz relies on partnerships that are based on trust: Important suppliers are allowed to view the company’s inventories. If the stock level drops below the specified minimum quantity, the supplier delivers more supplies. This means that Schmalz only stocks the resources that are currently needed. At the same time the suppliers can adjust their own production accordingly. This greatly reduces cyclical fluctuations in workload along the value chain, while increasing predictability and investment security for systems and facilities.
Organization according to Value Creation Processes
Flat hierarchies and the clear focus of the organizational structure according to value creation processes enable short distances and efficient workflows at Schmalz. This creates flexibility and responsiveness – and therefore employees and customers benefit alike.
Value Creation and Continuous Improvement
In order to stay competitive on-location, the company relies on streamlined process flows. Here, the Schmalz Value Creation System forms the base for the design of efficient processes. The employee suggestion system is a vital component of the Schmalz Value Creation System. All employees can participate by submitting their own suggestions on how to improve work processes or products. On average, each Schmalz employee in Germany submitted about eleven suggestions in 2015 alone. The enthusiastic participation of the employees helps to increase productivity and ensures the competitiveness of the company over the long term.