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SMC unveils new magnetic gripper for transporting workpieces with uneven or perforated surfaces.

SMC unveils new magnetic gripper for transporting workpieces with uneven or perforated surfaces.

SMC has added to its gripper range with the launch of the MHM, which uses a magnet to handle workpieces. Ideal for workpieces with uneven surfaces or featuring holes, the MHM provides machine operators with reliable and safe handling and reduced cycle times that increases productivity.

SMC, the worldwide leading expert in pneumatics, has launched a magnetic gripper that helps customers transfer workpieces with irregular surfaces, where prior to now it was difficult to gain sufficient absorption using a vacuum pad.  
With a holding force of up to 1000 N, the MHM keeps hold of the workpieces even when the air is shut off, giving peace of mind when it comes to reliable and safe movement of workpieces.  Furthermore, with a residual force of 0.3 N or less, cycle times are reduced and productivity output is improved.

A spokesperson from SMC said: “Thanks to the close working relationship we enjoy with our customers, it became apparent there was a need to develop a gripper for workpieces that vacuum pads could not accommodate.  The magnetic MHM fills that void, and the initial feedback has been really positive thanks to its clever design that offers flexibility, cost savings and reliability.”

Suitable for a range of transfer applications, the holding force of the MHM can be adjusted by changing the distance between the magnet and workpiece by the adjustment bolt.
Made from Fluororubber, the bumper prevents damage to the workpieces, delivering cost savings.  The bumper also prevents the workpiece from slipping during operations, improving safety.  Featuring three mountable surfaces and the option to mount auto switches, the MHM offers flexibility and greater process control.  

For more information about the new MHM, please visit SMC’s New Product Section at www.smc.eu