SCHUNK is building on its advantage when it comes to grippers for collaborative operation: with the SCHUNK Co-act gripper EGP-C, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology is presenting for the first time an inherently safe industrial gripper that is certified and approved for collaborative operation by the German Social Accident Insurance DGUV.
The hydraulic compensation jaws from SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, set a new benchmark in hydraulic compensation jaws for low-deformation workpiece clamping. It is the first time that chuck jaws for compensating the workpiece clamping have successfully been combined with centrifugal force compensation, vibration-damping characteristics and micron-precise concentricity.
Currently, it is hardly possible to deburr complex workpiece contours with robots. Time and again, burr residuals stay at the edge of the workpiece or more material is removed than desired. Moreover, the tools quickly wear or prematurely break. The patented FDB high frequency spindle from SCHUNK starts out exactly from these weak points.
The flexible, adaptive tool compensates the deviations between robot path and workpiece contour.It therefore ensures for perfect results on the workpiece, and shortens programming and commissioning times.
“Industrial production is on the verge of a fundamental change,” underlined Dr. Markus Klaiber, Chief Technology Officer/CTO of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG in Lauffen, Germany with a view to EMO 2017. “In the years ahead, the digitalization, use of mechatronic products, and automation of production processes, collaboration between humans and robots as well as intelligent networking of all process-relevant components will promote a new concept of industrial production.”
Ever-shortening product life cycles, the trend towards automation and development leaps in the field of peripherals lead to individual processes as well as entire machine and system concepts being made available today much earlier than was the case a few years ago. In order to keep up with the market, the equipment in particular offers…
The SCHUNK VERO-S quick-change pallet modules offer a whole bundle of advantages for users when it comes to direct workpiece clamping without interfering contours: free 5-sided access to the workpiece, a defined clamping situation, high repeat and positioning accuracy, as well as high pull-down forces for challenging operations. SCHUNK further extends its modular system for workpiece direct clamping in order to ensure that the efficient principle will also work in the field of tool and mold making industries for free-form parts with complex geometries, small lot sizes, and high precision requirements.
“Closest-to-the-part” is how SCHUNK describes the exposed position of its grippers in the handling process. SCHUNK uses this advantage to develop intelligent modules that can do much more than conventional pick & place. As “smart gripping” solutions, intelligent grippers such as the SCHUNK EGL Profinet enable autonomous handling scenarios. They measure, identify and monitor gripped components and the ongoing production process in real-time. The information recorded by the gripper is passed on to the machine control system and can be simultaneously transferred to higher-level internal and external systems as well as cloud solutions for statistical process analyses.
Typically robots used in manufacturing are kept in cages, to protect people working near them from getting hurt. According to many handling experts, this is now changing and that the direct collaboration of humans with robots will soon be an integral part of production automation in a few years. SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology are working on “taming” grippers for collaborative scenarios, and for the production field.