News about Vacuum Technology for Automation


Schmalz Vacuum Components Allow Efficient Handling of Sheet Metal

In order to load metal sheets into presses quickly and reliably, you need to have a good grip of the situation. This is why Swiss material flow specialist Güdel AG relies on Schmalz vacuum components: Powerful vacuum grippers combined with intelligent vacuum generators make for short machining times. During machining, the vacuum generators record relevant process data and make it available via a range of communication channels. This allows Güdel to lay the foundations for predictive maintenance, thus preventing costly downtime.


On the road to autonomous warehouses: Gripping technology takes key position

Rarely before has automation technology experienced such a fundamental transformation than at present—massively influenced by increasing digitization of all areas of value creation. It begins with the ordering of goods, which increasingly takes place online. These developments bring new challenges for the shipment of goods and especially for the handling technology needed to carry it out. Gripping systems are taking on a key position as the interface to the product: If they do not function reliably, even the most sophisticated automation processes in the warehouse may stall.


Powerful Magnetic Grippers for Hot Parts

Schmalz’s new series of magnetic grippers are designed to handle ferromagnetic workpieces and feature high holding forces and excellent temperature resistance. These grippers make it easier to handle ferromagnetic workpieces such as perforated plates, laser-cut parts or sheet metal with drill holes and apertures. Custom connection options ensure that there is always a surface on the product that is suitable for gripping.


Packaging Market: Important Role for Vacuum Handling Technology

The German packaging machinery industry is known for its high specialization and outstanding export quotas. A growing variety of packaging types and materials has led to an increase in the demand for flexibility and efficiency of the machines. This also has implications for automation and handling technology—in particular, for the optimization of process chains. The J. Schmalz GmbH firm recognized this development early and offers an extensive product range of economical vacuum solutions for transporting products with varying properties quickly and reliably.


SPZ-M-C Vacuum Gripping System with Comprehensive Software Package

High-performance vacuum gripping systems allow for quick palletizing and de-palletizing of various goods in warehouses and in intra-logistics processes, which helps to increase productivity. Schmalz has developed a software package for the SPZ-M-C high-performance palletizer to ensure reliable control of the gripper. The program contains an intuitive user interface that allows users to execute automated handling of product layers more easily and to save gripping procedures.


Basic Ejectors SBPL - Power, when you need it

The new basic ejector SBPL is the strongest product of the Schmalz ejector range. This vacuum generator has been designed for maximum efficiency. This way the SBPL can unfold its performance more effectively and more powerful – right when you need it.


New vacuum components catalog from Schmalz: 760 pages of product variety

The new vacuum components catalog 2016/2017 from Schmalz offers all necessary components in order to design a vacuum system as well as background knowledge regarding vacuum technology across 760 pages.


New Schmalz Bag Suction Cup for High-Speed Packaging Processes

The vacuum specialist Schmalz has developed a new series of SPOB1f-type oval tubular bag suction cups especially for flow-wrap packaging processes. With up to 600 parts processed per minute, flow-wrapping is an extremely dynamic application – which involves special requirements for the handling of workpieces.


Vacuum Suction Spider from Schmalz is the Ideal Solution for Handling Insulating Sheets

A vacuum suction spider supplied by J. Schmalz GmbH is optimizing the handling of wood fiber sheets at the insulation specialists HOMATHERM® in Berga. The solution is increasing the company's process reliability and output. Material damage to sheets, high maintenance costs and complex set-up processes have become a thing of the past.


Process data readouts on a smartphone: Safety through transparency

In automation technology, visualization of the relevant process data is becoming more and more important. Users require reliable information on the safety of facilities and individual components. This is necessary for resolving faults and carrying out precautionary maintenance, for example. That is why, for years, vacuum specialist Schmalz has been pressing ahead with integrated communications from gripping system components all the way up to the management level. Now the company is taking the next step. Near-field communication (NFC) protocols allow data from intelligent vacuum components to be read directly from the processor of a device to a mobile end device, opening up totally new opportunities for optimizing production processes.