Vacuum Technology for the Body Shop

Vacuum Technology in the Body Shop

In body shops, sheet metal parts from the press shop are assembled to form the body. This is usually done by welding and gluing but also by riveting, pressing, screwing or soldering. These processes require extremely high positioning accuracy. After body shop, the body is transported to the paint shop. It is therefore important to avoid marks or even the slightest damage to the surface. The material flow to the paint shop must not be interrupted. High plant availability is therefore a top priority. High-quality suction materials have a longer service life even in high ozone concentrations. Intelligent vacuum generation enables predictive maintenance and optimises energy consumption.

Most body shop processes are fully automated. Nowadays, electric cars, burners and various models are produced on the same line, so flexible production methods and systems are required. Vacuum technology is primarily used in complex gripper systems where mechanical grippers would be too heavy or too inflexible, or could cause damage.

Contact

Schmalz Inc.
5850 Oak Forest Drive
Raleigh NC 27616
United States of America

T:. +1 919 713-0880
F: +1 919 713-0883
schmalz@schmalz.us
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Requirements for Vacuum Technology

High Energy Efficiency During Vacuum Generation and Handling, for example in joining processes or during emergency stops

  • Suction cups with outstanding sealing properties on complex shapes
  • Vacuum generators with integrated air-saving function

Reliable and Transparent processes

  • Continuous monitoring of vacuum systems for leakage, contamination and cycle times
  • Recording, evaluation and visualization of all relevant process data to increase system availability

High Ozone Resistance in all Materials Used

  • Specially developed suction cup materials ensure a long service life in the environments surrounding laser cutting machines and welding systems
  • Extension of the maintenance intervals of large-scale and complex gripping systems

Vacuum Powered for Flexible and Cost Efficient Operation

  • Low weight tooling by using suction cups instead of heavy mechanical clamps
  • Space saving gripping from above instead of lateral mechanical clamping

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Vacuum lifters and cranes for manual processes in the automotive industry


Vacuum Technology for the Body Shop

Suction Cups for Handling Sheet Metal

  • Handling of metal sheets
  • Handling of convex and concave workpieces
  • High holding forces and shear force resistance
Magnetic Grippers SGM-HP/-HT
Efficient

Magnetic Grippers SGM-HP/-HT

  • Diameter: 20 to 50 mm
  • Holding force: 28 to 560 N

Compact Ejectors SCPi / SMPi

  • Suction capacity up to 185 l/min
  • Max. vacuum: 85 %
Compact Terminal SCTSi Ethernet
New

Compact Terminal SCTSi Ethernet

  • Suction capacity up to 67 l/min
  • Max. vacuum: 85 %
  • Body made of plastic
  • Ethernet interface via EtherCat, Ethernet/IP or ProfiNet
Compact Terminal SCTSi IO-Link
Efficient

Compact Terminal SCTSi IO-Link

  • Suction capacity up to 67 l/min
  • Max. vacuum: 85 %
  • Body made of plastic
  • IO-Link interface

Compact Ejectors SCPb / SCPi FS RP

  • Suction capacity up to 185 l/min
  • Max. vacuum: 85 %

Spring Plungers FST-LOCK-HD

  • Connection: G3/8", G1/4" and M10
  • Stroke: 50 and 100 mm
  • Version Heavy Duty with lockable push rod
  • Integrated vacuum feed

Universal Holders HTR-UNI

  • Mounting thread: M5
  • Connection: G1/4”