Schmalz Offers Cost-Effective Alternative to Original Replacement Blocks

Schmalz has developed new vacuum blocks to use with the CNC wood machining centers manufactured by the Italian company Biesse. The vacuum blocks represent a genuine alternative to original replacement blocks for a number of reasons: Not only are they extremely robust and able to hold the workpiece securely in the correct position, they also offer excellent value for money.

VCBL-B vacuum blocks
Schmalz offers a cost-effective alternative to the original Biesse blocks (rear right) – VCBL-B vacuum blocks (front).
The vacuum blocks from Schmalz are extremely robust
The vacuum blocks from Schmalz are extremely robust, ensuring reliable workpiece handling.

The new vacuum blocks VCBL-B for console systems from Biesse are compatible with the original blocks and are just as easy to fix in the machine's block mounting. Instead of having to pay for the costly replacement of the entire vacuum block in the event of collision, wear or other damage, this innovation from Schmalz means it is possible to simply replace the suction plates. In conventional systems, the entire vacuum block has to be replaced. The solution from Schmalz therefore reduces the cost of spare parts, and means the machines are ready for operation after only a short interruption.

The housing for the vacuum block VCBL-B is made from extremely durable plastic to provide optimum stability. This enables the vacuum block to hold the workpiece securely in the correct position even when high forces are at play – a further important benefit in the timber industry where the workpieces being handled are often very large and heavy. The new vacuum blocks from Schmalz thus facilitate reliable processing of all kinds of workpieces within very tight tolerances.

The suction plate features a special contour with a flexible sealing lip. This enables optimum adjustment to the workpiece surface and ensures effective vacuum distribution. The fitting process is simple: The blocks are inserted in the required position in the standard mounting from Biesse. Clamping straps on the vacuum block ring ensure they are securely fixed in the suction block mounting. The vacuum block is also equipped with strong magnets for additional prefixing in the mounting. The smooth-running, plastic sensing valve activates the vacuum automatically and gently for the workpiece. Unused vacuum blocks can remain in the mounting.

The vacuum blocks VCBL-B from Schmalz are available in heights of 29 and 48 mm for 3- and 4-axis machines and 74 mm for 5-axis machines. They come in sizes 140 x 130, 125 x 75, 120 x 50 and 130 x 30 mm and, depending on the version, can be up to 30 percent cheaper than comparable products on the market.


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