News about Vacuum Technology for Automation


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.


Matrix Gripper: Automated Gripping of Changing Cut-outs

Full-surface handling of predominately flexible workpieces with unstable shapes and with changing formats with the matrix gripper from Schmalz.


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.


New bellows suction cup from Schmalz for safe and dynamic handling

To support efficient handling in the packaging industry, Schmalz presented the new SPB2 bellows suction cup at the Fachpack trade show. It can be used with cardboard box and tray erectors, for example, which require particularly high suction cup stroke, dynamic performance and wear resistance.


Vacuum and Pressure Switches from Schmalz: Transparency in New Dimensions

J. Schmalz GmbH becomes the first company on the market to develop a new series of vacuum and pressure switches that open up completely new communication possibilities and make processes much more transparent. The VSi version is easy to integrate into systems and makes vital process data visible. The switch communicates with all conventional field-bus systems via IO link and also allows you to readout information using a smartphone.


Grasping Gripping: From Customer Order to Custom System Solution

When a customer request arrives at the vacuum specialists Schmalz, a process involving multiple precisely coordinated steps is triggered at headquarters in Glatten. From concept development to engineering and then on to commencement of operations on site, the vacuum experts work hand in hand with the customer. From their perspective, gripping means understanding the customer requests and requirements, grasping the ideas at an abstract level and then implementing them in a customized system solution.


From Vacuum Technology to the Cloud: Modern Gripping Systems a Core Element of Industry 4.0

No trade show without Industry 4.0, no company not preaching the benefits of the intelligent factory, no paper that doesn't aim to bridge the gaps in the network of production and IT processes: Industry 4.0 is the hot topic everywhere in Germany – and it runs the risk of overheating before it really heats up on the user end. Many German companies are finding it hard to come up with concrete applications, while the USA, for instance, is taking a much more pragmatic approach. The vacuum specialist from Schmalz in the Black Forest also left the theoretical discussions behind some time ago, and has been supplying products that provide a whole range of useful data in the field for a number of years now. This has allowed them to satisfy one of the key requirements in making Industry 4.0 a reality.


New catalog “Vacuum Components – Innovations and Additions 2015”

For constructors and users, the vacuum components catalog from Schmalz has almost become a standard reference work. The company based in the Black Forest has now added more than 700 pages to its main work: Schmalz is now presenting “Vacuum Components – Innovations and Additions 2015” on an additional 120 pages.


Schmalz presents the Compact Terminal SCTMi with Near Field Communication

Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, presented its new SCTMi Compact Terminal – for the first time with integrated NFC (near field communication) technology - at the Hanover Messe 2015. NFC allows important process parameters to be read out and controlled via the terminal device. For example, in this way the user can detect error messages quickly and instigate maintenance activities before expensive damage is caused.


Schmalz suction spiders transport sensitive PVC sheets gently and securely

Kömmerling represents the top brand for window profiles and PVC products. The company based in Pirmasens is among the world leaders in the production of plastic sheets and its innovations have been a feature of the sector for a long time. Kömmerling uses suction spiders from the vacuum specialist Schmalz in order to stack the finished sheets from the production line on to pallets. These ensure increased process reliability, protective transport and higher throughput.