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.
As a result of the success of complete machining on 5-axis machines, workpiece accessibility is an aspect of growing importance in clamping technology. While in the past it was necessary to use long projecting special tools or multiple setups to machine workpieces over clamping claws or chuck jaws, intelligently designed clamping devices of today allow significantly better access by the tools, in addition to processes that are much more efficient.
Considerable success has been made in automated machine loading: even in the production of extremely small batches it is possible to significantly reduce setup-related downtimes and to achieve full machine utilization around the clock with minimal manpower. The well-considered choice of clamping devices and gripping systems is a decisive factor in this respect.
Long a hidden champion among German SMEs – now an internationally respected trend-setter in smart production: As the winner of the Hermes Award, with live applications for human/robot collaboration, and with intelligent tools for the smart factory, SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology was a crowd-puller at Hannover Messe 2017.