Vacuum Layer Gripping Systems SPZ

High-performance palletizers for warehousing and intralogistics

Together with capable palletizing robots and gantries, vacuum layer gripping systems from Schmalz increase the production output in the automated handling of products in various industries. Individually planned systems guarantee an optimal process integration and ensure a quick return on investment.

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  • Palletizing and de-palletizing of layers of various goods
  • Use in warehouse logistics and intralogistics
  • Handling of layers with gaps, mixed layers, intermediate layers, pallets, cardboard packaging and film packaging
  • Palletizing and de-palletizing partial pallets by the combination of vacuum technology and mechanical gripping support

Your Benefits

  • Secure and damage-free gripping of various layer sizes and layer patterns
  • Higher throughput due to process acceleration
  • No gripper changeover and set-up times when performing job changes
  • Innovative gripping concept with mechanical support and global vacuum for additional holding forces
  • Use in the freezer industry sector in areas down to -30°C (optional)
  • Skilled system design according to individual requirements

(1) Flange connection STARR乐虎体育官网 Rigid connection to common robots and gantries

(2) Flange connection FLEX Spring-mounted connection to common robots and gantries

(3) Various gripper modules

(A) With intermediate layer handling

(B) With global vacuum chamber

(C) With layer detection

(D) With mechanical clamping

(4) Suction box with foam 乐虎体育官网For virtually all workpieces, optionally with zoning

(5) Suction box with suction cups For uneven workpieces, optionally with zoning

(6) Suction box with skirt乐虎体育官网 For difficult workpieces, with global vacuum chamber

Basic Configurations

乐虎体育官网The layer gripping system SPZ is available in three basic configurations, differing in their gripping technology.

SPZ with vacuum suction area

  • Sealing foam for homogenous and intrinsically stable product layers, such as jars and cans
  • Suction cups for flexible workpieces

SPZ-M with mechanical gripping support

  • Additional stabilization of instable and porous product layers, such as cardboard boxes and beverage trays

SPZ-M-C with global vacuum

  • Maximum holding force for product layers that cannot be applied from the top (e.g. mixed layers and layers with gaps)

SPZ-S with blocking module

  • Modular system for blocking large-area grippers (FMP, FMP-S, FXP, FXP-S)
  • Layerwise handling of cardboard boxes for palletizing and depalletizing
  • Handling in rows and individual picking up and taking off of cardboard boxes

Industry-Specific Versions

Schmalz has developed specific layer gripping systems for typical applications of particular industries.

SPZ Glass

  • Palletizing and depalletizing of jars and cans

SPZ Packaging

  • Palletizing and depalletizing of cardboard boxes, beverage trays etc.

SPZ Logistics

  • Handling of various product layers in warehousing and intralogistics

SPZ Nesting

  • De-stacking of cut optimized wooden or metal sheets in a single handling process