Vacuum Technology in the Final Assembly

Vacuum Technology in the Final Assembly

During final assembly, the car is fully assembled, meaning that the last parts, such as bumpers, cardan shaft or tank, are added to the painted body. The next step in the process is assembling the interior, the windows and attachment parts such as windshield wipers, lights, wheels, etc. In the “marriage” process, the motor and auto body are combined. After subsequent function testing, the finished car is driven from the assembly line.

Automotive customers can configure their vehicles as desired. This also makes final assembly very individual. Hardly one vehicle is like another. This high degree of individualisation entails a highly complicated logistics process. The right parts must be in the right place at the right time. Cobots automate these logistics processes.

Vacuum Technology for handling automotive glass
Vacuum technology for handling of composite parts




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

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Requirements for Vacuum Technology

Handling and Installing Front, Side and Rear Windows

  • Mark-free suction cup material HT1 for handling glass along the entire process chain, from application of the adhesive to installation in the vehicle
  • Suction cups with a flexible sealing lip, a bellow and a defined support surface for gentle pickup of curved windows with high force transmission

Handling and Placing Automotive Batteries

  • Gripping system enables safe handling of different battery types using check valve technology and adaptable sealing foam
  • Available with integrated pneumatic vacuum generation or with external electrical vacuum generation, depending on customer requirements

Automated logistics processes with Cobots

  • Compressed air independent vacuum generators for autonomous warehouses or stationary handling tasks with collaborative robots (Cobots)
  • Vacuum gripper ready for connection for automated "grip into the box" and removal of individual parts from containers with chaotic or pre-sorted packing patterns
  • Handling sets for the quick assembly of gripping solutions

Vacuum Technology in Final Assembly

Suction Cups for Handling Sheet Metal

  • Handling of metal sheets
  • Handling of convex and concave workpieces
  • High holding forces and shear force resistance

Vacuum Area Gripping Systems FXP/FMP

  • Universal gripper for automated palletizing / de-palletizing, commissioning and sorting
  • Dimensions: 442 x 130 to 1,432 x 130 mm
  • Sealing element: sealing foam, suction cup

Needle gripper

  • Gripping through the insertion of needles
  • Handling of workpieces that are difficult to pick up using suction
  • Handling of porous materials

Universal Holders HTR-UNI

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

Vacuum and Pressure Switches VSi

  • Electronic vacuum and pressure switch
  • Measuring range: -1 to 10 bar
  • Switching function: PNP, NPN
Vacuum Generator ECBPi

Vacuum Generator ECBPi

  • Max. 12 l/min suction rate
  • Max. vacuum: 75 %

Electrical Vacuum Generators

  • Max. 12 l/min suction rate
  • Max. vacuum: 75%
Vision & Handling Sets 3D-R

Vision & Handling Sets 3D-R

  • Gripping system based on an electrical vacuum generator including camera system and software
  • Solution for Box- and Item-Pick
  • Suitable for operation with lightweight robots and cobots

Vacuum lifters and smoothly running crane systems make manual processes more ergonomic

Vacuum lifters and cranes for manual processes in the automotive industry