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.
“Mechatronics and digitalization will be decisive in determining high performance assembly in the coming years,” highlights Business Unit Manager for Gripping Systems, Ralf Steinmann, in advance of SPS IPC Drives. “Electrically controlled handling modules score highly with versatility, communication capabilities and energy efficiency.
Transparent tool management is the key issue in the development toward networked production for Industry 4.0. SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems intends to push the development with the capability of unique toolholder identification by means of a data matrix code. Individual laser coding of all SCHUNK toolholders is already possible today. As part of its Industry 4.0 initiative, SCHUNK even offers the data matrix code free of charge with TRIBOS polygonal clamping components and TENDO hydraulic expansion toolholders (except TENDO E compact).
The SCHUNK TANDEM TBA-D supporting jaw system transforms the SCHUNK TANDEM plus clamping force blocks into multi-purpose powerhouses. For the first time it is possible to cover the whole clamping areas with clamping inserts from the SCHUNK standard chuck jaw program for stationary workpiece clamping.