Schunk Automated parts loading: 24/7 machining
Germany /UK –Schunk will be presenting an extensive range of systems and components reflecting the trends towards increased automation and Industry 4.0, which the company believes are affecting manufacturers of all sizes, but especially small to medium enterprises.
It will be exhibiting an advanced line of system components for automated loading of machining centers, including a number of low-maintenance clamping devices and gripping systems that are designed to ensure a stable production process when the workpiece is changed, in addition to precise machining in 24/7 operations. The range of applications on display will extend from the large series production to efficient loading in batches of one.
Schunk particularly highlights the Tandem-plus, Rota THW-plus and Rota NCX power chucks; Vero-S series compact pallet-loading and clamping tower solutions; the Kontec KSC centric multi-functional clamping device, the Pronto quick-change jaw system and the PGN-plus and PGN-plus Electric grippers. The company will also be showing its expanded range of Tendo E compact and Tendo Aviation series vibration-damping hydraulic expansion holders. They come with guarantees of enormous clamping forces and feature mechanical pull-out protection, which is required for aviation, aeronautics and other applications.
Schunk’s responses to the demands and opportunities of Industry 4.0 include unique toolholder identification by means of a laser-marked data matrix code. The company offers the data matrix code free of charge with Tribos polygonal clamping components and the full range of Tendo hydraulic expansion holders, with the exception of the Tendo E compact. Toolholders will be uniquely identified by a code and, regardless of the manufacturer, precisely identified in database systems of different suppliers. Users can obtain precise information on locations, tools used, tool life, the machining parameters, and the overall life cycle of the toolholder, and thus accurately assess the efficiency of the single components. This greatly increases transparency, in comparison with conventional solutions, the company claims. The matrix code is permanently applied to the toolholder by a laser, with no effect on the balancing grade. The unique ID eliminates loss or mix-up of paper labels containing tool settings, as well as typographical errors that can occur when data is transferred.