‘Networked, intelligent, flexible’ – at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, SCHUNK, is demonstrating that flexible production automation according to the requirements of Industry 4.0 is already possible. As pioneers of Industry 4.0, the component manufacturer and its partners are transforming the vision of the Smart Factory into reality. SCHUNK is thereby underscoring its leading role among German providers for the fourth industrial revolution. ‘Our aim is to show the trade fair visitors from around the world that the idea of Industry 4.0 is not just a distant vision and that it can already be realised today,’ explained Henrik A. Schunk, managing partner of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG. Whether for condition monitoring via force-moment sensors, intelligent workpiece holders, multiple usage parts, predictive maintenance, human-robot collaboration, or machine-to-machine communication – all these ideas become tangible at the SCHUNK stand. ‘In the future a component will know what it wants and automatically find its way through the flexible production,’ Schunk continued. It is self-evident that equally flexible and intelligent gripper systems and clamping devices are needed for this purpose. The SCHUNK standard components offer the ideal preconditions for this. Mechatronic grippers with variable force and position, flexible changing systems, highly dynamic and freely programmable linear axes, dexterous light-weight arms, and convertible clamping systems work hand in hand.
A gentleman made of modular components
The Care-O-bot® 4 also demonstrates the versatility of the SCHUNK catalogue programme. It is a modularly designed service robot designed by Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart and being presented by SCHUNK at Hannover Messe. ‘Its high degree of standardization makes Care-O-bot® 4 a milestone in the field of mobile service robots,’ emphasised Henrik A. Schunk. Both the arm joints and the 1-finger hand of the Care-O-bot® 4 are taken from SCHUNK’s standardised modules for mobile gripping systems. ‘Since service robot solutions are generally used in mobile applications, the components have to be lightweight and energy-efficient,’ Schunk explains. ‘Mobile gripping systems from SCHUNK are designed exactly for such scenarios. The components can be used both in industrial applications and in measuring and testing applications, as well as in assistance systems that support people in everyday life.’
SCHUNK at HANNOVER MESSE: Hall 17, Booth D26