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Schmalz Inc. is part of the international Schmalz-Group. Consistent customer orientation and groundbreaking innovations, excellent quality and comprehensive consulting competence make Schmalz the world’s leading partner for vacuum technology in automation, handling and clamping applications.  As a company that acts globally and offers innovative products and services, we provide our customers with efficient solutions tailored precisely to their particular applications’ requirements. We inspire our customers where ever production processes are designed more efficiently through the use of vacuum technology.  Schmalz provides a complete range of vacuum products that include Vacuum Components, used primarily for pick and place, robotic end effectors, packaging / palletizing and assembly; Ergonomic Vacuum Lifting Systems, used primarily for material handling; and Vacuum Clamping Systems, used primarily to clamp wood and plastics on dry running CNC machines.  Their complete product line provides solutions to problems and meets requirements across a broad spectrum of industries, such as: Food and beverage processing, medical, appliance manufacturing, woodworking, metalworking, automotive, electronics, chemical, cd/dvd production, packaging, palletizing, plastic injection molding, glass handling, printing and more… Through participation in these industries Schmalz has assembled a product line that is unparalleled by any other supplier of vacuum products in the world.  Since its inception in February 1999 Schmalz Inc. has concentrated on building a competent network of sales engineers, independent sales representatives and technical distributors that can assist in solving your vacuum handling problems. Today Schmalz Inc. has a complete sales network covering the entire North American market.

Vacuum Components

Innovative vacuum components from Schmalz offer many users in various sectors of industry reliable support in the solution of automation and handling tasks. The wide range of components extends from suction pads and vacuum generators to mountingVacuum Components elements and system monitoring devices.  The Schmalz range of suction pads offers an almost unlimited number of suction pads with various shapes, sizes and materials.  Special grippers are used wherever a vacuum cannot be generated with suction pads.  Build your own individual suction-pad system! Everything – the holder, the spring plunger and the suction pad – fits together, since they all come from the same modular system.  Vacuum pump, blower or ejector, you will find everything you need, from the smallest compact ejector to the largest high-performance pump.  Top-quality valve technology is essential for problem-free operation of a vacuum circuit.  Switches, regulators and display devices permit reliable monitoring of the vacuum system.  The task of hoses, connectors, fittings and filter is to connect the vacuum from one point to another. The enormous range of available components permits tailor-made solutions.
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Vacuum Gripping Systems


Schmalz’s complex vacuum gripping systems let you implement decisive productivity increases during automated processes. The systems range from layer and large-area vacuum gripping systems to ready-to-install vacuum suction spiders for use in all areas of automation.  The large-area vacuum gripping systems FXC and FMC guarantee maximum flexibility during automated handling processes. It makes automated palletizing, depalletizing, order picking and sorting of the most varied goods in varying dimensionsvacuum gripping systems with only one gripper possible. Workpieces made from the most varied materials, such as carton, wood, metal sheets (dry) and plastic, both with and without cut-outs, can be handled.  With the vacuum layer gripper SPZ, entire product layers can be palletized and depalletized. Loading and unloading of partially filled pallets is made possible by a combination of vacuum technology and mechanical gripper support. This universal gripper is best suited for handling crates, carton boxes, foil packages, intermediate layers, pallets, and much more.  The typical applications for the vacuum suction spider SSP include metal profiles, circuit boards, stones, sheet products, car body parts, glass and ceramic parts, solar panels, non-rigid workpieces, and much more. The vacuum suction spiders are used in presses and bending centers, during automation of plastic, injection molding and swage machines, and in work centres in the wood/plastics sector. They are also used for water jet, laser and die cutting/nipple machines. Order picking in storage and distribution centres with robotic palletizers and industrial robots is made possible.
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Vacuum Handling Systems

Schmalz’s vacuum handling systems streamline and humanize production processes by easily and efficiently handling workpiJumbo Liftereces. They persuade by their functionality, safety and ergonomics, for example during loading and unloading of machines. They are the link between commercial investment and ergonomic working environment because they help avoid damages to health caused by lifting and moving heavy loads. With vacuum handling systems, production processes are streamlined and processing times shortened; at the same time staff members’ motivation and productivity are increased.  The vacuum tube lifter Jumbo is particularly well suited for frequent and rapid lifting and movement of carton boxes, bags, barrels, wooden sheets and many other applications with a weight of up to 300 kg. The retention and lifting process is implemented here exclusively by vacuum as a medium. To grip the load and lift it securely, neither chain nor rope hoist, nor manipulator or lift cylinder, are necessary.  VacuMaster vacuum lifting devices are the ideal working materials for handling metal sheets, glass panes, wood and concrete sheets, etc., with a weight of up to 2,000 kg. The retention process is implemented with the VacuMaster device. Secure lifting and moving of the load occurs with a crane.  Schmalz’s slewing cranes and crane systems, because of their efficiency, maximize the internal flow of materials and at the same time meet the demands of ever-increasing requirements in the intralogistics area. Different operating ranges, load classes and crane rails made from aluminium or steel permit the use in variegated applications.
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Vacuum Clamping Systems

Future-oriented vacuum clamping technology from Schm

alz is the intelligent response to the continually increasing demands for more productivity and economic operation of CNC machine tools.  The Matrix-Plate is particularly suitable for process-safeVacuum clamping clamping of large, flat metal workpieces with smooth bottom surfaces on CNC machining centres and guarantees very short set-up times.  The high flexible, low-priced Vacuum Clamping System Multi-Clamp can be used on almost every flat surface. Therefore it is the perfect solution for clamping small and medium-sized workpieces in a workshop or on the Jobsite.
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 Schmalz has developed an air saving vacuum generator to dramatically reduce the usage of compressed air.


 Conventional vacuum generators use compressed air during the entire vacuum cycle, using up to 98% more compressed air than necessary.  The Schmalz SMPi senses when the defined vacuum level is achieved and then the vacuum switch sends a signal to the integrated control unit, which causes the control unit to deactivate the suction via the solenoid valve. The vacuum level is held via a check valve, if leakage occurs the vacuum switch detects it and activates suction for a split-second via the control unit until the defined vacuum level is reached.



  • Handling of air-tight workpieces
  • Use in vacuum spiders in the area of metal and sheet-metal machining
  • Suction pads in automated systems with short cycle times
  • Process monitoring for optimisation of cycle times and compressed-air consumption in vacuum systems
  • vacuum systems with frequently changing process parameters such as varying batch weights of the workpieces

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Other information

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VacuCalculator is a program by Schmalz which permits easy and quick conversion of system variables and calculations for the layout of vacuum systems.  The vacuum calculator provide, evacuation time for pumps, suction capacity and area, suction force and hose diameter.

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