Schmalz launches slimmer area grippers for wood processing

The narrow area gripper handles workpieces regardless of their geometry, position and orientation (Image: Schmalz)

Manufacturer of automatic vacuum and ergonomic handling systems Schmalz has launched a series of new vacuum area gripping system which are slimmer than its previous generation of universal area gripper for wood processing.

According to Schmalz, the new FXP-60 and FMP-60 measure just 60mm-wide in contrast to the established 130mm-wide version, making them ideal for use in tight spaces, with interfering contours or for single-beam handling.

The slimness does not affect performance. An energy-efficient multi-stage ejector sits on top of the FXP-60, ensuring low running costs and high operational reliability. The FMP-60 variant is designed for an external vacuum generator.

Furthermore, the FXP- or FMP-60 are not picky when it comes to the dimensions or pickup position of the workpiece, in spite of its narrow width. With the integrated flow restrictor technology, the minimum degree of coverage is 50%. Thus, even workpieces with recesses or made of porous materials should be of no difficulty for the new grippers, as claimed by Schmalz.

The new area gripper is lightweight with its modular design consisting of an aluminum profile with sealing foam as the gripping surface. This enables high dynamics in the handling process.

While the width is set, the customer can specify the length individually in 18mm increments. The minimum is 316mm for the FMP-60 variant and 388mm for the FXP-60 version with integrated vacuum generator. The maximum is 1,972mm.

Ideal areas of application are the automated handling of plastic, sheet metal, glass and wood materials, as well as in intralogistics.