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.
Find the right vacuum suction cup for your application based on key properties such as suction material or size.
This selection aid helps you to find the perfect compact ejector for your application based on key technical attributes.
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.
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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.
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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Schmalz provides its employees with all-around support. LIFE+ is a comprehensive benefits package that addresses all areas of employees’ lives – so everyone has the possibility to participate and benefit.
In addition to job security, employees at Schmalz benefit from an innovative pay program that includes bonuses for team and company successes, profit sharing, and a pension plan that goes well beyond the legally prescribed benefits.
Modern, well-lit workplaces and a recreation area on the company grounds help to promote health and wellness. In addition to numerous sports and health courses, Schmalz has also set up a massage room, where employees can be treated by qualified physical therapists. To ensure their spiritual well-being, emplo - yees can draw on the services of experienced life counselors, which are provided free of charge and on an anonymous basis.
In terms of career prospects, the company offers a number of programs for the development of junior employees and managers. Alternate career paths were also introduced in the area of functional and project management. In order to enable employees to pursue advanced training while continuing to work, the Schmalz Academy, the company’s in-house training center, offers more than 200 courses in a wide range of subject areas.
The company encourages a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible working hours and the Schmalz Kinderwelt, a day care center for small children which is located close to the company. A wide range of hobby and recreational classes, company parties with the entire family, and team events within the departments help to promote a feeling of unity among colleagues.
Schmalz is growing continuously. The company offers first class-conditions, which is proven by a low employee turnover for years, among other things.
The fact that Schmalz is a growing company is made clear by both the rising sales figures and the increasing number of employees.
Excellent working conditions and extraordinary benefits such as profit sharing or retirement plan not only increase the motivation of employees but are also reason for a low employee turnover.
Schmalz supports the physical and mental health of its employees with a variety of measures. Together with ergonomically designed workplaces that lead to a significantly lower number of ill employees compared with the mechanical engineering industry.
Training for young people is an important part of employee development at Schmalz. The company currently has 20 cooperative education students and an additional 62 apprentices in technical and commercial professions. This is a training rate of approximately 13% of all of the permanent staff at the headquarters in Glatten, which is far above the German national average. Schmalz trains the young people with the objective of employing them once their training is complete. Out of all the current employees, 20% have received their training at Schmalz.
To ensure that there is a pool of well-educated employees in the future, it is important to awaken the interest of young people for apprenticeships or cooperative education programs in the company at an early age. For this reason, Schmalz visits schools in the region on a regular basis to inform them about the possibilities at Schmalz. There are a number of official, permanent partnerships with different schools. For example, Schmalz is involved in a Student-Engineer-Academy-Project with the Technical Secondary School in Freudenstadt.
Each year Schmalz opens its doors for the career information day. This is where interested young people can get a look at the company and the operational processes during training. As a co-founder of the ”jugend-technik-schule”, a technical education program for children in the Freudenstadt district, Schmalz offers various courses in the field of vacuum technology. Through trainees and pedagogically trained supervisors children and adolescents get a look at the technical professional world in a playful manner. In the Glatten kindergarten, Schmalz also supports the ”Technolino” project, which is intended to introduce children to technology and natural sciences at an early age.
In 2006, Schmalz began a training initiative for the district of Freudenstadt (www.ausbildungsinitiative.org). Along with special education centers, vocational schools, and companies from the region, Schmalz offers training positions for a career as precision metalworker. The content of the training is specially geared towards the needs of young people with learning disabilities and is accompanied by additional measures that are performed alongside the apprenticeship.