Simplifying gripper configuration and integration

The task of configuring bespoke vacuum gripper systems that will meet the specific requirements of individual applications has never been easier thanks to the comprehensive digital configuration services now available from Schmalz. This range of digital services helps end users, machine builders and system integrators to achieve quick configuration of products such as Schmalz SLG lightweight gripping systems for individual applications. Tools such as filters, configurators, ordering aids and apps simplify the process – regardless of the stage of the project, whether it’s product design, procurement or operation.

A simple and highly intuitive six-stage process guides users through steps such as: selecting the workpiece; defining the application; selecting the type, number, size and positions of vacuum cups; and finally choosing a vacuum generator and robot mounting flange. The proposed SLG lightweight gripper then generates automatically and is shown in 3D on the basis of users input and responses to this series of intuitive choices.

At the end of the process, a summary of all of the information used to specify the gripper is available for download, together with valuable information for the end user or machine builder covering gripper dimensions, weights, air flow and gripping force.

Additional digital services available from Schmalz make it possible to simulate your handling process with a digital twin of the products selected, and test the function of the system long before it is actually built. For example, it is even possible to obtain information about the behaviour of a suction pad in its operational state. There are also a series of software and function modules that help integrate Schmalz products even more quickly into the end user’s process and control system.
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