Technology Development – Schmalz CobotPump

Intelligent, Flexible Vacuum Generation Without Compressed Air

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Schmalz CobotPump

The CobotPump belongs to a new generation of intelligent vacuum generators that do not require compressed air and that have an integrated interface for gripper systems and robot connection.

Application

  • Intelligent electrical vacuum generator for handling airtight and slightly porous workpieces
  • Integrated interface for controlling and monitoring the handling process
  • Can be used for mobile robotics and fully automated handling of small parts as well as stationary handling tasks

Design and Highlights

  • Control and data interface via IO-Link enable process monitoring and predictive maintenance from the machine to the cloud
  • Condition Monitoring for recognition deviations and reduction of errors and downtime – this secures system availability
  • NFC interface features direct access to processes and device via smartphone
  • High energy efficiency due to integrated control and performance adjustments that are adapted to the handling process – parameterization is possible on the device, via NFC or IO-Link
  • The data interface of the CobotPump delivers all the relevant data to the SICON Gateway, which intelligently aggregates and interprets data from the production processes and visualizes this information independent of platform or manufacturer

Technical Data

Maximum vacuum [mbar]- 750 mbar
Suction capacity [l/min]1-12 l/min
Voltage [V]24 V (DC)
Maximum current strength [A]0.7 A
Weight [g]700 g
Dimension [D x h]151.5 mm x 88.6 mm
Intelligent and mobile gripping technology as a key component in autonomous warehouses

Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize such handling processes – from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated fully electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence, that deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production orders at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of vacuum end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.

In traditional warehouses gripping systems are limited to a defined handling task. Electricity and compressed air supply as well as the exchange of data are bound to a certain place. In autonomous warehouses with constantly changing structure of goods, a robot picks the product independently with integrated electrical vacuum generation and wireless data exchange. The complete process is much more flexible and efficient.