Automation and robotics are developing rapidly. Industrial and service robotics achieve high growth rates with an upward trend. Because new fields of application, ease of implementation and operability as well as the need for reliable and individual processes are driving the development. At Automatica in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2022, Automatica wants to show solution examples for the wide spectrum of automated production in a wide variety of application fields in a personal specialist dialogue. From life science to e-mobility from handling to robot-assisted processing.
Manufacturing environment still offers a lot of potential
The company explains that there is still a great deal of hidden efficiency potential, especially in the metalworking production environment. According to Schunk, the new application kits MTB offer an entry into automated machine loading with cobots. The included universal grippers and power clamps are already preconfigured for use in machining. Suitable robot-specific connection kits enable uncomplicated commissioning. This saves time in planning and enables up to 50% faster loading and unloading. Due to special features such as the sealed valve box or an integrated blow-off nozzle for dirt and chips, the user-friendly application kits are ideal for the challenging use in machine tools.
Expansion of the pneumatic gripper family
According to the information, a lot has also happened with the classics in automation, the pneumatic grippers. The all-rounders are still indispensable in most industrial sectors due to their reliability and variety. The provider of gripping systems and automation solutions is setting new standards for the flexible handling scenarios of tomorrow with further developed technologies such as integrated process monitoring, increased safety or customization options. In Munich, Schunk is presenting new additions to its pneumatic gripper family that score with special features.
The company is also expanding its digital services and is taking the next step towards individualization with freely configurable products. The FGR finger configurator, introduced in spring 2022, made the start. According to Schunk, customized gripper fingers can be planned and ordered with just a few clicks using the smart tool. As a real surprise at the trade fair, the company wants to present a new, configurable, pneumatic long-stroke gripper at Automatica.
In times when the energy balance plays an increasingly important role, technical approaches are required that enable energy-efficient production. With new magnetic or adhesive grippers, Schunk is making a contribution to energy-saving handling. Like the EMH electro-permanent magnet gripper, which is presenting with new variants at Automatica: It combines the strengths of magnet technology with the advantages of 24-volt technology. These grippers have been reliable components for years when it comes to gripping small ferromagnetic parts.
A trade fair highlight will undoubtedly also be the sustainable gripping technology Adheso, with which Schunk wants to conquer new fields of application. Inspired by nature, the gripper overcomes technical limits in the handling process and enables gentle, residue-free gripping without external energy - for example in the manufacture of battery and fuel cells, in the medical and pharmaceutical industry or in the electronics industry.