Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

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Schunk Intec Ltd

Schunk Intec Ltd

Stand E42

Contact details

MK16 9QS Newport Pagnell
United Kingdom

The company was founded in 1945 by Friedrich Schunk as a mechanical workshop, and has developed under the leadership of Heinz-Dieter Schunk to a competence and world market leader for clamping technology and gripping systems. Today, the company is run by the third generation siblings Henrik A. Schunk and Kristina I. Schunk.

More than 2.500 employees in eight plants and 30 subsidiaries as well as distribution partners in more than 50 countries ensure an intensive market presence. With 11,000 standard components SCHUNK offers the world's largest range of clamping technology and gripping systems and with more than 2,550 SCHUNK grippers, the broadest range of standard gripper components on the market. The entire gripping system program comprises more than 4,000 components.

The customer base includes, among others, the who's who of machine and plant construction, robotics, automation and installation, and all well-known car brands and their suppliers. Since 2012, the goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann has been part of the SCHUNK team, acting as band ambassador for precise gripping and holding.


  • Clamping stations with NSE plus

    Clamping stations for general milling applications with VERO-S NSE plus modules as a basis for extremely fast set-up processes of clamping devices.

    Field of application
    3-axis standard machining center
    4-axis vertical machining center
    4-axis horizontal machining center
    5-axis machining center

    Advantages – Your benefits
    SCHUNK modular system
    Innumerable combinations of standard clamping devices suitable for different types of machines
    All pneumatic clamping stations can be operated with a system pressure of 6 bar
    Additional pressure intensifiers are not required
    Positioning via short taper
    Very easy connecting interface with a repeat accuracy of < 0.005 mm
    Patented dual stroke system for the highest pull-down forces

  • ROTA-S plus 2.0

    Universal 3-jaw manual chuck with jaw quick-change system for maximum operating safety

    Field of application
    on conventional lathes
    on cycle-controlled lathes
    on mill/turn machines
    on drill / boring machines
    on welding systems
    on special machines

    Advantages – Your benefits
    Convenient jaw quick-change system
    Minimizing set-up times and costs
    Large chuck bore
    Machining all standard pipe diameters
    High efficiency of the wedge bar system
    Safe clamping due to high clamping forces
    Optimum quick jaw change repeatability
    No reboring of already machined jaws necessary
    Visual safety devices

  • TENDO E compact

    More robust! At a torque up to 900 Nm (Ø 20 mm) for volume machining, boring, reaming, and thread-milling. Tighter tolerances, huge cost pressure, better quality – TENDO E compact is the answer to increasing demands in volume cutting demands which can no longer be met economically using ER collets, heat shrink toolholders, or Weldon toolholders.

    Field of application
    For volume machining, reaming, drilling, counterbore/chamfering and thread tapping

    Advantages – Your benefits
    Highest torques, now up to 2,000 Nm (with Ø 32 mm) and 900 Nm (with Ø 20 mm) under dry conditions clamping, 900 Nm (with Ø 32 mm) and 520 Nm (with Ø 20 mm) with oily tool shanks.
    Due to the compact design, holding forces and a high torque transmission are ensured.
    Permanent run-out and repeat accuracy of less than < 0.003 mm

  • MPG-plus

    2-finger parallel gripper with smooth roller guides of the base jaws

    Field of application
    Gripping and moving of small to medium-sized workpieces in low contaminated environments, such as assembly, testing, laboratory and pharmaceutical industry

    Advantages – Your benefits
    Cross roller guidance
    for precise gripping through due to a scope-free base jaw guidance
    Drive concept oval piston
    for maximum gripping forces
    Base jaws guided on double roller bearings
    ensuring low friction and smoothly running
    Optimized basic load rating
    suitable for using long gripper fingers
    Monitoring with electronic magnetic switches
    for a maximized process reliability
    Mounting from two sides in four screw directions
    for universal and flexible gripper assembly
    Air supply via hose-free direct connection or screw connections

Product news

  • Toolholder ID as the basis for transparent tool management in Industry 4.0

    Transparent tool management is the key issue in the development toward networked production for Industry 4.0. SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems intends to push the development with the capability of unique toolholder identification by means of a data matrix code. Individual laser coding of all SCHUNK toolholders is already possible today. As part of its Industry 4.0 initiative, SCHUNK even offers the data matrix code free of charge with TRIBOS polygonal clamping components and TENDO hydraulic expansion toolholders (except TENDO E compact).
    SCHUNK intends to pave the way for the digitalization of tool management through the consistent use of modern technology by “replacing paper labels with high technology.” In the future, toolholders will be uniquely identified by a code and then, regardless of the manufacturer, assigned exactly in connection with corresponding database systems of different suppliers. In combination with data from the higher level cloud, users can then obtain precise information on locations, the tools used and their tool life, the machining parameters and the overall life cycle of the toolholder in order to assess the efficiency of the single components. This increases transparency significantly in comparison with conventional solutions. “The data matrix code can be defined individually according to the particular documentation system in use or it can be generated by SCHUNK based on a neutral numbering system,” explains Heinold Kostner, Head of Product & Portfolio Management for Clamping Technology at SCHUNK in Lauffen. “It is permanently applied to the toolholder by a laser, with no effect on the balancing grade.”
    Process knowledge on the rise

    The advantages of the unique ID are convincing: it eliminates the possibility of the loss or mix-up of paper labels containing tool settings, in addition to typographical errors when data is transferred. It also reduces the time spent at the machine and the tool presetting device. “The important thing is that the generated data increases the users’ knowledge of the process,” Kostner emphasizes. The clamping technology specialist adds: “It is possible to document and evaluate the entire life cycle of all tools and toolholders. This provides very precise information on the cost effectiveness of the single cutting edges and mountings.” It will also be possible to define wear limits for the replacement of tools and inspection of toolholders.
    At the SCHUNK Tec-Center in Lauffen SCHUNK demonstrates the process in combination with a tool management system that is already available on the market: the data matrix code of the SCHUNK toolholder is scanned by the tool presetting device and the toolholder is coupled both physically and virtually with a tool. This generates a digital twin in the database, for storage of all related data during the course of its use. The toolholder is scanned whenever it is mounted in or removed from a machine. The employee proceeds in the same manner for tool presetting. During the scanning process, the essential tool data needed for machining, such as tool type, diameter and radius, is automatically sent by the tool presetting device to the database and from the central database to the machine. Manual input of tool data is completely eliminated. Likewise the management of data cards or labels. The database system makes it possible to determine the location of a particular tool and toolholder at any time. This minimizes the time needed for searching and eliminates the expense of double investments for tools or toolholders that are used only infrequently.
    Advantages over RFID solutions

    The data matrix code in combination with a database offers significant advantages over tool identification by means of an RFID chip. For example, RFID chips can become damaged, resulting in loss of data. In pilot applications with the data matrix code, however, it has been shown that even in constant, large-scale use, reliable scanning of the data is ensured, since there is hardly any wear. The scanning process is also faster and less trouble-prone. Much is to be said for the data matrix code also with regard to costs. Although all machines and presetting devices first have to be connected with the database system, any additional costs for the toolholders are minimal or non-existent. Equipping a toolholder with an RFID chip can result in additional costs of 10% to 20%. RFID scanners likewise involve relatively high investment costs.

    Industry 4.0 initiative at SCHUNK

    SCHUNK is a pioneer in clamping technology and gripping system components for Industry 4.0. In an Industry 4.0 assembly cell the company demonstrated how pick & place units, 3-axis gantries, robots and mobile platforms can cooperate autonomously during assembly, inspection, packaging and transport to allow a smart production process. Each single process step is then monitored in detail by the sensors and signaled to the higher level handling system, or even to the master control system and the ERP. With the smart networking of clamping devices SCHUNK is now transferring this know-how to the area of clamping technology. In addition to the data matrix code on toolholders, it also includes networked chucks, clamping blocks, magnetic clamping plates and pallet-loading systems, as well as fully automated quick-change solutions for versatile production.

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