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Robots and humans are forced to work hand in hand: industrial robots running more and more production plants, humans contributing their skills for strategic thinking, invention and detail.
With a close relationship with our customers – our inspiration – SMC products are used to find and create solutions that were not previously thought possible.
We consider, SMC can be “Your right arm” in Robotics, our international teams of Experts are ready to support you with your daily challenges and our local and European technical centres ready to develop any customised solution you might need.
Discover our key solutions for robotics below: collaborative, innovative, compact, lightweight and enduring. Easy & flexible. Further down, do not miss how SMC solutions can specifically boost welding, painting and handling applications. Moreover, there are even more benefits at your disposal; with the end effector range we can offer for collaborative robots.
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Download SMC’s Expert Report and discover more in-depth how the current challenges are taking industrial robots to the next level. Learn how to make your robots Industry 4.0-proof, taking advantage of innovative, compact and flexible components together with collaborative solutions to become more competitive.
Flexibility, easy integration and fast operation are 3 requirements that industry increasingly demands for automation, the same 3 features that collaborative robots – or cobots – achieve.
Build up your vacuum solution with SMC, we have a great offer: lightness, reduced response times, integration and a variety of functionalities, such as energy-saving and fieldbus communication.
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Our J Series includes a range of pneumatic solutions specially designed under a weight & dimensions optimisation concept. This will enable your robot arm to move faster as the inertia loads are reduced, being more productive thanks to greatly enhanced cycle times.
Robot applications usually need to withstand fast and complex movements. Here you have our proposal to increase the life of your products forgetting about being continually on the lookout for maintenance.
Benefit from the simple and dynamic control of air/vacuum pressure steplessly in proportion to an electrical signal. They are lightweight in design and reduce the installation space while exchanging data and parameters remotely via the network.
Miniaturisation is a key factor to increasing the productivity of your robot application and that is why we have designed an ultra-compact solution integrating a linear motor, a linear guide and a displacement sensor.
Pneumatic, electric or what you never imagined, a great variety of options with which SMC allows you to handle whatever you want with your robot.
If vacuum is a must for your robot application, we have a great offer: lightness, reduced response times, integration or a variety of materials and shapes, everything you could need can be found in our vacuum section.
We have current-resistant solutions at your disposal for the fixing and positioning of the material to be welded, as well as a wide range of tubes suitable for the welding sector where the environments are exposed to harsh spatters.
We make your painting application easier with a variety of silicone-free products, a suitable choice for automotive and paint industries to avoid detrimental effects on paint adhesion.
By Marcus Mazetti, Global Account Manager, SMC Sweden
MARCH 2022 Once the preserve of high-volume operations at automotive plants, we’re today finding that robots are infiltrating all sectors of the commercial world. Even beyond traditional manufacturing, inspection and packaging operations, we see robots fulfilling tasks that extend from mining and space exploration, through to surgery and laboratory research, and even fruit picking. With such a vast repertoire of applications, the robots of today need one principal attribute: flexibility. Much of this flexibility comes courtesy of the end-of-arm tooling (gripper), which means there are many factors to bear in mind when selecting a gripper technology supplier, not least breadth of portfolio, proven customisation capabilities and high levels of customer support.
By Zdenek Velfl, Business Consultant, SMC Czech Republic
MARCH 2022 We all know that high-volume automotive applications such as welding have numerous demands, not least high productivity and reliability. Any failures or inconsistencies with the robotic solutions deployed in these processes can lead to costly production stoppages and expensive maintenance or repairs. For this reason, a growing number of robot OEMs are choosing to work with our team of expert engineers here at SMC, which can offer a highly effective and convenient modular solution for handing welding-specific media such as air, gases and water.
By Juanjo Jubete, Wireless Unit Product Specialist, SMC Spain
MARCH 2022 Ever yearned for a wireless communication system for your robotics? Fed up with cables and their associated breakages and disconnections? Want lower installation and maintenance costs? Well, wireless robotics is now a reality. In fact, it’s been here for some time, providing totally reliable, noise-resistant communication at a growing number of manufacturers that have adopted the completely unique Wireless Unit from SMC. To help anyone who is still hesitant about wireless communication technology, Juanjo Jubete, Wireless Unit Product Specialist, at SMC Spain, addresses a number of common concerns in this short Q&A.
By Andrea Trifone, Cobot project leader, SMC Italy
JANUARY 2021 While robotics led the way for the rapid growth of automation, we see cobots as the democratisation of robotics technology. They eliminate the cost and complex programming that robots usually require while providing much greater flexibility.