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Schmalz at AWFS: Wood Working Enhanced by Vacuum Technology

FST-C clamping suspension unit

Schmalz will be exhibiting at AWFS 2017 in Las Vegas, from July 19 to 22. Workpiece handling plays an integral role in commercial wood working. Schmalz will be presenting powerful systems for manual and automated vacuum handling in the wood and furniture industries at booth 8026.

A new addition is the FST-C, a clamping suspension unit for area grippers for handling workpiece layers at varying heights. Used in conjunction with our area grippers, the clamping suspension unit makes the ideal solution for handling warped boards, wooden boards and planks . It’s also suitable for use in dusty environments, and will not detach from the workpiece due to dynamic bending strain (peeling effect).

The FMP-S area gripping system can also be seen in Las Vegas. Its benefits include quick handling of furniture parts and wooden spacers. Grippers with the VSi vacuum and pressure switch are Industry 4.0-ready. In addition to its NFC technology, the switch also has an IO-Link interface for monitoring low and excess pressure.

The vacuum clamping solutions for CNC machines exhibited by Schmalz at AWFS are suited for use on grid, smooth or console tables. VCBL-B-type vacuum blocks for CNC wood working machines will be demonstrated. The components are very robust and fix the workpiece safely. If vacuum blocks are damaged through collision or wear, it is not necessary to procure an expensive new vacuum gripper. The suction plate itself can simply be exchanged and the user can resume work. In conventional systems, on the other hand, the entire vacuum block has to be replaced.

Schmalz also provides a solution for loading CNC machines with wooden or particle boards, or OSB sheets: the VacuMaster Comfort 125 cavuum lifter. It can lift workpieces of up to 125 kg and swivel them by up to 90 degrees. All of the device’s controls are integrated into the operating element; the ergonomic design allows continuous, strain-free work.

For quick and frequent handling of workpieces, Schmalz presents the vacuum lifter JumboErgo 85, suited for weights of up to 85 kilograms. If you wish to move weights of up to 110 kilograms, we recommend using the JumboErgo 110 combined with a responsive aluminium crane.

About Schmalz
Schmalz is a global leader in the field of industrial automation as it pertains to vacuum automation, robotic palletizing vacuum grippers, material handling vacuum lift assist devices and CNC machine vacuum clamping. The company is known for its innovative quality products, which give its customers decisive productivity improvements in their manufacturing processes, as well as its commitment to the environment and its employees. The forward looking 105 year young privately held manufacturer has continually reinvented itself with each generation and has to its credit over 450 patents to date.

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Schmalz, Inc.
Marketing Communication
5850 Oak Forest Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616
T:  919 713-0880
F:  919 713-0883

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