New Solutions for New Challenges


May 24, 2022

Automation without risk – this is what beginners and experts in automation both want. At automatica, a major trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics, application expert SCHUNK will be showing new ways as well as clever digital services that enable customers to master their tasks and design production processes flexibly and efficiently.

Automation and robotics are developing rapidly. Industrial and service robotics are achieving high growth rates – with an upward trend. This is because new fields of application, ease of implementation and operation, and the need for reliable and individualized processes are pushing development forward. With plenty of drive and innovative solutions, SCHUNK, a family-owned company based in Lauffen, Germany, is heading towards the future together with its customers and partners. The collective vision of automated, autonomous production is increasingly becoming a reality. At automatica in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2022, SCHUNK will be exhibiting examples of solutions for the broad spectrum of automated manufacturing in a wide range of application fields through personal dialog with experts: from life sciences to eMobility – from handling to robot-assisted machining.

Cleverly bundled

There is still a lot of hidden efficiency potential, especially in metalworking manufacturing environments. For this, the new MTB application kits from SCHUNK provide a convenient introduction to automated machine loading with cobots. The universal grippers and clamping vises included are already preconfigured for use in metal-cutting machining. Suitable robot-specific connection kits enable straightforward commissioning. That saves time during planning and enables up to 50 percent faster loading and unloading. The user-friendly application kits are ideally suited for challenging use in machine tools due to special features such as the sealed valve box or an integrated blow-off nozzle for dirt and chips.


New members of the pneumatics family

The classics in automation, the pneumatic grippers, have also seen some changes. These proven all-rounders remain indispensable in most sectors of industry due to their reliability and wide range of variants. The competence leader for gripping systems and automation solutions is setting new standards here for the flexible handling scenarios of tomorrow with further developed technologies such as integrated process monitoring, increased safety or individualization options. In Munich, SCHUNK is presenting new additions to its pneumatic gripper family, which get high marks for their unrivaled features. SCHUNK is also expanding its digital services and taking the next step towards individualization with freely configurable products. It began with the FGR finger configurator introduced in the spring of 2022. This smart tool can be used to plan and order customized gripper fingers with just a few clicks. As a true treat at the trade fair, SCHUNK will be presenting a new configurable, pneumatic long-stroke gripper at automatica.


Sustainable and easy to integrate

In times when the energy balance is playing an increasingly important role, technological approaches that enable energy-efficient production are in demand. With its new magnetic and adhesive grippers, SCHUNK is making a contribution to energy-saving handling. One example is the EMH electro-permanent magnetic gripper, which SCHUNK is presenting with new variants at automatica. It combines the strengths of magnetic technology with the advantages of 24-volt technology. These grippers are reliable tools when it comes to gripping ferromagnetic small components. Another trade fair highlight will undoubtedly be the sustainable gripping technology of ADHESO, with which SCHUNK is conquering new fields of application. Inspired by nature, the gripper overcomes technical limits in the handling process and enables gentle, residue-free gripping without external energy – for example, for battery and fuel cell production, in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, or in the electrical industry.


A look into the future

Production is becoming increasingly autonomous. Handling components are no longer just simple products, but intelligent solutions for robotic tasks. Equipped with cameras and sensors, they provide important înformation on the process for future intelligent and autonomous services. Intelligent gripping, intuitive operation, self-learning devices or autonomous milling are examples of these endeavors that are leading to new perspectives in robotics and automation. SCHUNK speaker Dr. Martin May, Director of the Innovation Center, will provide food for thought and a glimpse into the autonomous future at the automatica Forum on June 23nd. SCHUNK visitors can get their free ticket at

Related Articles

Changing Scene

  • Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Recently, Tri-Mach Inc. was thrilled to announce the addition of a new 45,000 sq ft. facility. Located at 285 Union St., Elmira, ON, this facility expands Tri-Mach’s capabilities, allowing them to better serve the growing needs of their customers. Positioning for growth, this additional facility will allow Tri-Mach to continue taking on large-scale projects, enhance product performance testing, and provide equipment storage for their customers. Read More…

  • HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    The HELUKABEL Group recently announced it is going to build a new facility in Haan, Germany that will house its robotic dress pack and drag chain system subsidiaries under one roof. The new building will also serve as the headquarters of HELUKABEL’s Rhine-Ruhr sales branch, and is planned to be completed by 2025. Robotec Systems’ core business is robotic dress pack solutions and has been a HELUKABEL subsidiary since 2012 operating out of Duisburg, a suburb of Duesseldorf in northwest Germany. Read More…

Sponsored Content
Fire Protection for Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

Lithium-ion storage facilities contain high-energy batteries combined with highly flammable electrolytes. In addition, they are prone to quick ignition and explosion in a worst-case scenario. Such fires can have a significant financial impact on organizations. Rapid detection of electrolyte gas particles and extinguishing are the key to a successful fire protection concept. Since December 2019, Siemens has been offering a VdS-certified fire protection concept for stationary Li-ion battery storage systems.

Click HERE to learn more.

For a Multiplied Value Unified


During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’.

It was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.

These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.

Read More

Service Wire Co. Announces New Titles for Key Executives

Bruce Kesler and Mark Gatewood have been given new titles and responsibilities for Service Wire Co.

Bruce Kesler has assumed the role of Senior Director – Business Development. Bruce will be responsible for Service Wire’s largest strategic accounts and our growing Strategic Accounts Team.

Mark Gatewood has been promoted to the role of Vice President – Sales & Marketing. In this role, Gatewood will lead the efforts of Service Wire Company’s entire sales and marketing organization in all market verticals.

Read More

Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

Read More

JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Read More

Latest Articles