“Smart loading, smart machining, smart networking — these three key topics will shape industrial production in the next five years,” emphasises Henrik A. Schunk.
The core objective is an intelligent simplification of industrial production. While process stability and economic efficiency of the individual operations were the main focus up to now, modern applications will, according to Schunk, also make the process chain more flexible and provide detailed process data. “Our clamping devices and gripping systems will be able to monitor the production process in detail in real time and autonomously execute corresponding reactions,” says the managing partner, CEO.
The best example is the I-Tendo sensor-based precision tool holder, which will be available for pilot applications this fall. It allows seamless condition monitoring and documentation of process stability, unmanned limit value monitoring, tool breakage detection and real-time control of speed and feed rate, according to the company.
In the field of Vero-S zeropoint clamping technology, Schunk presents for the first time a sensoric zeropoint clamping module that enables permanent monitoring of the pull-in force and clamping slide position as well as the presence of the workpiece or pallet. In addition, new Vero-S special components for aviation, 3D printing and direct workpiece clamping will be presented. In addition to these highlights, Schunk will show sophisticated concepts for automated machine loading as a special focus — from simple and cost-effective lean automation solutions and applications with lightweight robots to convenient palletising solutions for flexible small series production to ergonomy-relieving, collaborative solutions with the Co-act EGL-C long-stroke gripper, which, in direct interaction with the human operator, for the first time enables part handling in form-fit with workpieces weighing up to 8 kg.