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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A bright, whitely coat on suction cups is often to protect them against premature aging and damaging by ozone. This coat does not affect the functionality of the suction cup. If this substance is optically disturbing it can be removed from the lip seal or the whole suction cup under regard to the specified cleaning advices below.
Suction cups can be cleaned with soap, warm water and (eventually) a soft brush. Dry at room temperature. The use of a surface-active cleaning solvent (neutral pH-value) in combination with mechanical processing is the best solution to clean suction cups. We recommend the use of a soft brush or ultrasonic device to clean the surface of the suction cup. The dirt will be suspended by means of the tensides in the solvent. Connections of rubber parts and metal can be cleaned by using a mixture of ethanol and glycerine at a ratio of 10:1. After longer storage times (6-8 months) the suction cups can be cleaned with a soda bicarbonate solution (1,5 %). Keep in mind to rinse off residues of the solution with clear water. The following products should not be used for cleaning under any circumstances: pure glycerine or solvents such as trichloroethylene, carbon tetrachloride or hydrocarbons. The use of vinegar-based cleaning products or sharp objects, metal brushes or abrasive paper is also prohibited.
Suction cups have to be stored in a cool (32 °F to +59 °F, never more than 77 °F ), dark, dry and weatherproof place free of dust as well as protected against ozone and air draught. Also ensure that they are not subject to mechanical forces. Exposure to ozone, light (particularly UV), heat, oxygen, moisture and mechanical stress can shorten the lifetime of suction cups.
To facilitate compliance with the foresaid storage notes please follow the storage instructions carefully:
In case of absolute compliance with the points mentioned above storage times for suction cups of 2 to 4 years (depending on the material) can be realized. Due to the versatile influence of the different ambient conditions the storage times cannot be guaranteed.