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08 September 2017

Schunk EGL Profinet intelligent grippers offer process control capability

Schunk EGL Profinet intelligent grippers offer process control capability
Intelligent grippers such as the Schunk EGL Profinet enable intelligent handling solutions. They measure, identify and monitor gripped components and the ongoing production process in real-time. The information recorded by the gripper is passed on to the machine control system and can be simultaneously transferred to higher-level internal and external systems as well as cloud solutions for statistical process analyses.

With a variable stroke and a variable gripping force between 50 and 600 N, the gripper covers a wide range of components. Using built-in sensors, it captures component data, as well as its size and elasticity. This data is processed in the gripper, making it possible to identify components, detect damage and decide whether the component is good or bad. After processing, both the recorded information, as well as the measured data, can be transferred via the Profinet interface to the plant control system for process control. This data may in turn be located on the company's own server or in an external location.

Andrew Allcock

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