Schmalz optimises vacuum clamping system for glass machining

May 14, 2019 Technical Articles0

Makes Use On Bystronic Glass Grinding Machines Simpler

Schmalz has revised its SQC vacuum clamping system for glass machining and made the design perfect for the interfering contours of the original equipment. This makes use on Bystronic glass grinding machines even simpler.

Schmalz optimises vacuum clamping system for glass machining

Schmalz has developed the system especially for CNC machining centres made by Bystronic. This allows grinding of glass workpieces, for example designer and automotive glass on all sides. The clamping system consists of the suction cup mount (base), the suction cups and the covers for the unused vacuum connections. The cover protects the connections and mechanical parts of the change system from contamination. When changing workpieces, users can retrofit the system very quickly: The base is fixed with a hollow bolt and can remain permanently on the machine table. The suction cups can be easily attached. To remove suction cups, only one push button must be pressed. The covers are also effortlessly attached and can be locked in a similar way to a bayonet fastener. Additional tools are not required. The new Schmalz system is also very flexible: Depending on the glass geometry, the user can now choose between square and round suction areas. As a result, the Bystronic machines can be retrofitted on a oneto- one basis with Schmalz suction cups. Due to the slimmer shaft of the aluminum housing below the suction area, the suction cups can be placed closer to the processing edge. The machining becomes even more precise and low vibration. Combined operation with the original equipment and Schmalz suction cups is also possible. The cups installed on the machine table suck in and fix panes of different geometries. Smooth machining and peripheral grinding is possible as a result. Users produce very precise and dimensionally stable parts. An abrasion-resistant coating allows the absorption of high lateral forces between the suction cup and the glass part. The workpiece always remains securely in position even with strong lateral forces. Glass sheets are handled particularly gently. Incorrect clamping can quickly lead to damage and expensive waste. In order to prevent this, Schmalz makes the interchangeable sealing frames of its system with the material HT1, which leaves very few marks.

About the Company
Schmalz is the market leader in vacuum automation and ergonomic handling solutions. Schmalz products are used all over the world, for example in applications in the logistics industry, the automotive industry, the electronics sector or in furniture production. The wide range of products in the Vacuum Automation unit includes individual components such as suction cups and vacuum generators, as well as complete gripping systems and clamping solutions for holding workpieces, for example in CNC machining centres.

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