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SMC’s solutions for industrial robotics

Your right arm

Robots and humans are forced to work hand in hand: industrial robots running more and more production plants while humans contributing their skills for strategic thinking, invention and detail.

There are many advantages of using robots in an industry environment. This is why, 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 Industrial 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 (also known as “cobots”).

Learn more on industrial robots through our Experts views on the industry. Click here

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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.

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See for yourself how SMC’s End Effectors for collaborative robots will “Grant flexibility to your handling”

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Discover our key solution for industrial robotics

  • Collaboration

  • Wireless

  • Speed

  • Endurance

  • Easy Exchange

  • Miniature


Achieve flexible & simple solutions by merging cobots and end effectors

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.


Avoid the hassle of cables with your industrial robot

With the world’s first integrated Wireless fieldbus system, any robotic application can benefit from both reduced installation time and costly production downtime. Easier and cost-effective with no industrial communication cables.


Let your robot move faster; push your productivity

Our J Series includes a range of pneumatic solutions specially designed under a weight & dimensions optimisation concept. This will increase your robots’ productivity thanks to greatly enhanced cycle times by enablinge your industrial robot arm to move faster as the inertia loads are reduced.


Designed to endure your robot’s movements

Industrial 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.

Easy Exchange

Changing your robot’s tools has never been easier

When several tools have to be used in the same industrial robot application, don’t hesitate, take a look at our next products.


The space -saving 3-in-1 electric solution your industrial robot needed

Miniaturisation is a key factor to increasing robot’s application’s productivity and that is why we have designed an ultra-compact solution integrating a linear motor, a linear guide and a displacement sensor.

Do not miss how SMC solutions can specifically boost your robots’ applications

  • Gripping

  • Vacuum handling

  • Welding

  • Painting


Do you have a gripping challenge? We are up for it!

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 arm.

Vacuum handling

Build up your complete vacuum solution

If vacuum is a must for your handling 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.


Our withstanding solutions for your welding robot

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.


When quality in painting is a must

We make your industrial painting robot application easier with a variety of silicone-free products, a suitable choice for automotive and paint industries to avoid detrimental effects on paint adhesion.

Explore The SMC Expertise Hub


Use robotics to take a firm grip on production flexibility

 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.

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Modular media control saves time and cost in robotic welding

  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.

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Wireless robotics: where less is definitely more

 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.

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Cobots and end effectors team up for affordable flexible solutions

 By Andrea Trifone, Cobot project leader, SMC Italy

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.

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