News - 2013
Re-elected as the chairman of EUnited Robotics:
Henrik A. Schunk considers the robotics industry to be on a continuous growth course
The members of the European robotics association EUnited Robotics have confirmed Henrik A. Schunk, the Managing Partner of SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Lauffen am Neckar, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems for further three years in his position as chairman. Henrik A. Schunk mainly understands his re-election as an incentive: "It is my aim pushing the European robotics industry forward in the global competition on a continuous growth course, said the committed entrepreneur, who leads a family-owned company. He wants to focus on three key topics in the coming years. Robotics research and technology transfer, the public-private partnership for robotics, and the consistent development of industrial and service robotics. Annual growth rates of three to four percent for the European robotics industry is realistic, said Mr. Schunk.
Fast pallet change - now of up to 1,000 kg
The compact SCHUNK robot couplings VERO-S NSR continue to set standards at high-efficiency, robot-supported pallet change on machine tools: with the module VERO-S NSR maxi 220 the system is becoming even in the heavyweight class a superior favorite for pallet handling. It transfers torques up to 4,000 Nm, and can reliably handle up to 1,000 kg (at 800 x 800 mm).
Mechatronic rotary unit with pneumatic and electric feed-through
The mechatronic rotary module ERS from SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, can be transformed with the optionally available DDF rotary feed-through into a compact, electric rotary unit with combined pneumatic and electric feed-through. It convinces with a high acceleration, swiveling speed, and precision.
Analog multi-positioning monitoring via teachable C-slot sensor
The analog SCHUNK MMS-A magnetic switch is the first teachable encoder which can be integrated directly into the C-slot of gripping modules free of interfering contours. It serves to accurately detect the size of the gripped parts which can be output as an analog voltage value as 0-5 V DC or 0-10 V DC, as selected, during the current handling process. Now the extremely compact MMS-A, with a 4 mm diameter, is sufficient where previously several magnetic switches were required.
TRIBOS Polygonal Clamping Technology:
Now available for the pioneering HSK-E 20 spindle interface
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems sets new standards in high-speed cutting. The SCHUNK TRIBOS-Mini HSK-E 20 polygonal toolholder is the first standardized precision toolholder for micro machining with the pioneering HSK-E 20 spindle interface. In comparison to conventional steep taper interfaces, the HSK-E 20 interface provides an axially flat work surface for the toolholder, ensuring excellent change and positioning accuracy, but also a high process reliability. Also, the narrow tolerances of the tapered seat ensure maximum precision and superior running smoothness at high rotation speeds.
Fast tool change - for the first time electrically actuated
The electrically actuated SCHUNK EWS quick-change system is a milestone towards achieving the pneumatic-free factory: For the first time a fully automated robot change system is no longer pneumatically actuated, but electrically. This forward-looking module offers the ideal prerequisite for increasing the energy efficiency of handling systems, for implementing fluid-free solutions, and to ensure a fast tool change when used in mobile applications.
SCHUNK Robot Competition: Three days of pure technology and excitement
On November, 27, 2013 the SCHUNK Robot Competition will be launched.
Compact short-stroke axis for dynamic assembly applications
For its ELB linear motor axis, which is specially designed for precise and dynamic strokes, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, has combined a powerful linear motor drive with an ultra-smooth, pre-loaded junction roller guide. The result is an extremely compact, rigid and dynamic module which is able to position comparatively high loads with a long-term excellent repeat accuracy of 0.01 mm.
The new Lathe Chuck Catalog
With both the use of innovative technology and over 30 years of experience, SCHUNK lathe chucks are ensured to be of the high quality. SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems presents in their new catalog the complete range of their standardized manual and power chucks from sizes 125 to 1,200 mm, pneumatic power chucks, steady rests, and matching accessories.
A flexible multi clamping vise with system
The SCHUNK multi clamping vise KONTEC KSM2 is a reliable and precise all-rounder for stationary workpiece clamping. In order to efficiently use 3, 4, or 5 axis machines, it can clamp several parts at the same time which are located next to each other. Slim jaws without protruding, interfering contours thereby allow a particularly high part density, and an optimum accessibility. Its performance during large workpieces clamping together with other KSM2 multi clamping vises is convincing.
SCHUNK SRU-mini-Speed Rotary Unit
is a new benchmark in terms of cycle time and frequency
The SCHUNK SRU-mini-Speed rotary unit sets benchmarks in high-performance assembly in terms of cycle time and frequency. With 14 module sizes, these rapid modules from SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems provides swivel times from 0.48 s. If lightweight parts are handled with the unit, more than 4,000 cycles per hours can be executed. This is more than twice as many as are achieved with a conventional design module. Module size 10 achieves swivel times of 0.27 s, and up to 3,600 cycles per hour are possible.
Tiny mechatronic wonder accomplishes 3 mm stroke
in a record time of 0.03 s
The mechatronic SCHUNK EGP 25-speed gripper for small components is the smallest electric gripper with integrated electronics on the market, and even more convincing it also has the best stroke to closing time ratio. With a maximum stroke of 3 mm, it only takes 0.03 s for its fingers to close, thus offering optimal prerequisites for minimal cycle times. The tiny, power dense gripper weighs just 100 g and has a gripping force of 7 N.
Collection grippers enable highly productive collect & place applications
For the first time, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, presents a universally usable collection gripper, the RVK, which is able to significantly increase the productivity of pick & place applications. Instead of gripping components and then individually moving and placing them, as is usual in high-performance assembly, the collect & place principle used by the RVK has several parts being first collected successively, then moved to the assembly site and deposited there in rapid succession. In this way, the traverse paths can be significantly reduced and up to six different parts are handled in the same cycle.
Jaw change in seconds
With a change-over time of 5 seconds per jaw, the SCHUNK PRONTO quick jaw change system offers turbo-charged set-up times for all standard lathe chucks with fine serrations of 1/16’’ x 90° and 1.5 mm x 60°. The quick-change retrofit set from the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems consists of supporting and changing jaws. It is suitable for O.D. clamping of pre-machined and finished parts. Via the selection of the interchangeable insert, the clamping range can be extended by up to 16 mm, without having to re-set the supporting jaw, an increase of 300% in comparison to conventional lathe chucks.
TENDO hydraulic expansion power also for Ø 16 mm now
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems expands its spectrum of hydraulic expansion toolholders with compact performance, TENDO E compact: this powerful hydraulic expansion toolholder is available for high-precision direct clamping now for the economic shank diameter 16 mm. This price-optimized precision mounting opens up new efficiency potentials by downsizing the tools. It has been possible to achieve a high run-out accuracy, torque transmission, and optimum vibration damping, and to some extent a higher time-chip-volume than with a 20 mm diameter shank during trichoid milling.
Flexible lightweight maximizes the field of application of milling/turning machines
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems has developed the highly flexible manual chuck ROTA-S flex particularly for users, who want to machine a possibly wide workpiece range on milling/turning machines. It is a combination of the proven lathe chuck of the series ROTA-S plus and ROTA-S plus 2.0 with extended guideways, and transforms them into large, light chucks, which are particularly versatile in use.
Automatic quick-change system for small robots
SCHUNK enlarges its standardized robot accessories program to allow users the full use of small robot’s efficiency potentials. The extremely flat quick-change system SWS-001 with less interfering contours is currently the smallest automatic robot-changing system on the market. At a handling weight of up to 1,4 kg, it is ideal for small robot types, where the grippers and tools are automatically exchanged within seconds.
Compact Quick-Change Module
Small, confined spaces will always be an issue when using pallets and tools for automatic handling with a robot. Particularly for this type of applications, SCHUNK the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems developed the slim NSR-A quick-change module with optimized interfering contour, which allows loading very close to the assembly or machine table. Very low attachments to the clamping station and pallet are feasible, and there is enough space for the components and the axis motion.
BOSCH honors SCHUNK with the "Global Supplier Award"
Robert Bosch GmbH has honored SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems with "BOSCH Global Supplier Award" in the category "Indirect Purchase." BOSCH awards this prize, to those companies who show superior performances in production and delivery of products or services. "The Bosch Global Supplier Award is an award and incentive at the same time. With this prize we honor the merits of our best suppliers. We want to encourage all the other suppliers in also delivering such top performances," said Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Bosch Managing Board on the occasion of prize-giving in Stuttgart.
Advanced solutions for laser machining
The SCHUNK Lasertechnik GmbH from Lauffen/Neckar enlarged the program of their PSM 400 laser welding machines: The PSM 400 Performance is attractive in price, and purposefully designed for laser machining of tool steel. High-precision linear axes, a fully adequate CNC control with real-time simulation, a robust laser source, and reflection-safe fibers ensure for high precision and repeat accuracy.
WorldSkills Leipzig 2013:
SCHUNK becomes a partner of the world event for vocational training
From July 2 to 7, 2013 Leipzig will become the venue for the world championship of trade skills. Under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, more than 1,000 young skilled trades people from all over the world will determine the world champions in 46 disciplines at WorldSkills 2013. SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems supports this world event for vocational training as a sponsor partner. In several competitions the number one components from SCHUNK will be directly usable by the participants.
Standardized RCC axes for high-speed assembly
Lighter, more rigid, more dynamic: when complete Z or Y axes are to be moved in high-precision high-speed applications, the linear modules of SCHUNK's LCx series set a new benchmark. The profiles of the world's first standardized linear motor axes made of rein-forced carbon composite weigh around 58% less than the profiles of comparable aluminum modules. They can be accelerated and moved in an extremely fast and energy-efficient fashion.
Efficient extras for clamping force blocks
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems extends its series of TANDEM KSP plus clamping force blocks with two helpful extras. With the jaw quick-change system BWM clamping blocks can be retrofitted independent from its installation position in less than 30 seconds onto a new chuck jaw set for O.D. clamping.
Intuitive, integrated, intelligent -
The WSG series is now available in more sizes
Versatile, sensitive and extremely simple - this is the best description of the WSG series of servo-electric 2-Finger Parallel Grippers. Mechatronic grippers from SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems are designed for handling and assembly processes, where high flexibility or sensitivity are required. A whole range of possibilities for achieving more efficiency in production automation is hidden under its simple appearance. SCHUNK significantly expanded the series with a long-stroke version and a compact small parts gripper.
Robust precision welding machine for tool steel
Laser machine tools from SCHUNK are known for the excellent results they achieve in demanding welding tasks. Depending on the laser source used, they can process cast-iron parts, high-carbon-content steels, and even super alloys quickly, free of cracks, and economically. With its economically priced PSM 400 Performance, SCHUNK is now bringing essential features of its high-end systems to traditional laser welding applications for tool steel. For this reason, only high-quality industrial components are used in the PSM 400 Performance.
World Premiere: Standardized Long-Stroke Gripper with CFC Housing
The CGH long-stroke gripper from SCHUNK is a milestone in handling: For the first time SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems succeeded in standardizing a light-weight gripper with CFC housings. The versatile module convinces in terms of energy-efficiency and economic efficiency. It helps to increase dynamics of existing systems, or enables the use of smaller robots.
Universal high-performance lathe chucks
The ROTA NCD wedge bar power chuck from SCHUNK is extremely versatile. It is used for clamping small diameters as quickly and precisely as large ones. Instead of exchanging lathe chucks and collet chucks, which can be tedious, just the top jaws of the ROTA NCD have to be exchanged against special collet jaws. This minimizes set-up times and allows a considerably higher output.
Special Program for Micro Cutting
No matter where toolholders are used: mold making, dental technology, medical technology, clock- and jewelry industry - the number of high-precision applications in the field of micro cutting has enormously increased in the past few years. Since conventional clamping systems most often reach their limits, SCHUNK, the competence leader of clamping technology and gripping system has enlarged its precision toolholder program for micro cutting. New interfaces and a higher degree of standardization will help the user increase process reliability and efficiency of demanding precision applications.
SCHUNK has further extended its clamping force block family
It is only been two years since SCHUNK completely revised their TANDEM clamping force blocks series. Since that time, these power packages are setting standards in terms of compactness, clamping force, and precision. Due to the great demand, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems reacted, and extended the program with a chuck jaw quick-change system, and a query for the automated machine loading. With the quick-finder on the SCHUNK website, the search for the matching clamping force block is simple and easy.
Greater efficiency with integrated vibration damping
Manufactures who produce precision turned parts in large quantities have to consider several factors. Tolerances and surface qualities have to be precisely maintained, set-up times, downtimes, and tool wear have to be reduced. The TENDOturn hydraulic expansion toolholders from SCHUNK make everything feasible. The set-up process of the latest toolholder generation of the competence leader in clamping technology and gripping systems has been further simplified.
Automation and qualification create jobs
The technology-goalkeeper talk hosted by SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems on Tuesday at the Hanover Show, was prominently manned. The event has been moderated by SKY chief reporter of the Champions League, Jessica Kastrop. Managing Partner of SCHUNK, Henrik A. Schunk, Head of KUKA, Dr. Till Reuter, Volkswagen Senior Brand Manager, Dr. Hubert Waltl, Head of the Stuttgart IFF and Fraunhofer IPA, Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl, and goalkeeper legend and SCHUNK brand ambassador, Jens Lehmann participated at the talk on the subject "Success Factor Automation" with the result: Automation and qualification ensure production in Germany.
Quick-change fingers increase flexibility of assembly systems
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, has transferred its extensive experience with quick-change systems to the design of gripper fingers. The innovative family-owned company introduces a new type of finger blank with a quick-change system already integrated as a standard feature. The quick-change fingers allow users to minimize setup times when changing over to a new parts spectrum, resulting in increased productivity and flexibility of the overall system.
Service Robotics: A Vision becomes Reality
Dr. Roko Tschakarow, Business Director Mobile Gripping Systems at SCHUNK, speaks about the future and the challenges of service robotics.
Mobile gripping systems: catalog and website completely revised
The 6th Expert Days on Service Robotics have only just concluded and SCHUNK has already added a new touch to mobile gripping systems: a new catalog and the newly designed website provide an up-to-date overview of SCHUNK's wide ranging module selection for mobile applications in service robotics.
Precise partners for automated pallet change
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems has developed the VERO-S NSA plus palletizing module and the VERO-S NSR robot coupling for automated pallet change. Both are extremely flat, work precisely, and ensure consistently high process stability. With the fast and clamping strokes patented by SCHUNK, the palletizing module achieves pull-in forces of up to 20.000 N.
red dot Award for the Powerball Arm from SCHUNK
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems has reason to celebrate: The Powerball Lightweight Arm LWA 4P wins the red dot Award: Product Design 2013. The exclusive principle of design behind the powerful lightweight arm convinced the jury of 37 experts of the internationally renowned competition even though the field of applicants was very large: This year the number of submissions amounted to 4,662 submissions in 19 different categories.
5-Finger Hand now also contains electronics
SCHUNK has optimized its 5-finger hand concept study. The motor controllers have been completely integrated in the wrist of the latest anthropomorphic gripper hand, and therefore very compact solutions are available now. Via defined interfaces, the gripper hand can be connected with the lightweight arm, which is already on the market.
Rapid Pick & Place for loads up to 5 kg
The linear directly driven Pick & Place units of the PPU-E series from SCHUNK are the fastest pick & place units on the market. The largest size PPU-E 50, is an expert for dynamic handling of medium-weight masses up to 5 kg. For a complete cycle with a 280 mm horizontal and 150 mm vertical stroke the unit has a cycle time of 0.98 seconds with a tooling mass of 1,5 kg and 2 x 60 ms (for gripper).
Extremely flat pneumatic Quick-Change Pallet Module
With a height of 20 mm, the Quick-Change Pallet Module VERO-S NSE mini from SCHUNK is extremely flat. This provides ideal conditions for retrofitting existing machines, making full use of the engine room, and allows direct clamping of small workpieces. The patented drive concept consists of a fast stroke and a clamping stroke, and ensures that the compact module of the innovative family-owned company has a highly compact performance.
Versatile manual lathe chuck
The manual ROTA-S plus lathe chuck from SCHUNK is a true classic in the field of lathe chuck technology. With version 2.0, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems extends the application possibilities of this lathe chuck. An optimized wedge bar drive system and an improved lubricant system ensure consistently high clamping forces from the new lathe chuck.
Direct clamping with a membrane
SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems enlarges its program for high-performance direct clamping: the innovative family-owned company has developed the SPM plus 138 fixture membrane made of aluminum, where workpieces of various clamping geometries are clamped from all sides with a pull-down effect.
Low-cost introduction into the square pole technology
By means of comprehensive standardization, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems succeeded in providing a very economic introduction of the square pole technology to the average consumer. The investment costs for square pole plates of the MAGNOS Performance Line are 40% lower than conventional, multi-purpose modifiable MAGNOS square pole plates.