Angela Merkel pays a visit to Schunk

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Schunk pavilion at the recent Hannover Messe exhibition and learnt about the future of smart production. She looked on while the managing partner/CEO of the family-owned company, Henrik Schunk, presented smart gripping modules that enable direct human/robot collaboration (HRC).

In other news, the company has received the Hermes Award for its Schunk JL1 co-acting gripper, the world’s first intelligent gripping module for HRC that directly interacts and communicates with humans. “The JL1 is a decisive step on the way to highly flexible handling scenarios for Industry 4.0 and, therefore, for smart production,” says Schunk. It was the first time in the history of the Hermes Award that the trophy has been awarded for a gripping module.
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