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SMC solutions for vacuum

Time to get a grip on efficiency

Do you feel that you are not getting what you expected from your vacuum system? Maybe you don’t have the solution you deserve.

SMC’s expertise helps you to achieve the results you demand from your system. Our experts offer the optimal solution that fits perfectly with your needs. Years of knowledge with vacuum applications together with the wide range of SMC products are the perfect match to fill all your needs with vacuum.

SMC supports you throughout the vacuum system, from the filtration and regulation to the End of Arm Tooling (EOAT), trying to offer the most efficient and energy-saving solution possible, while giving high performance and reliability. As a complete supplier of automation, we offer unique solutions in the market: valve and ejector combined manifold, wireless system, cylinder with vacuum pad, air amplifier, etc.

There are many aspects to be aware of when designing a vacuum system, arguably, at the top of the list, are smart vacuum solutions thanks to the capabilities they bring. SMC offers smart manifolds that provide precise control and communication that allows you to implement a condition-monitoring and predictive maintenance strategy to fit your machines in the IIoT.

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Find out which products can help you improve your productivity and achieve outstanding efficiency with our specifically designed vacuum solutions

By Martina Höller | Electrical technology product manager CEE, SMC Austria

"With energy costs rising rapidly around the globe, few can afford to ignore the energy-saving possibilities that a correctly specified and configured vacuum handling system can bring. Vacuum is frequently about trial and error regarding pressure, flow, pad size, number of pads and more, particularly if it involves special workpiece materials, so why not let the experts work it out."

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Discover our key solutions for vacuum

  • Pads

  • Ejectors

  • Filters

  • Switches

  • Regulators

  • Collaborative robots

Pads

Becoming fully acquainted with the workpiece should always be your starting point for any project involving a vacuum handling system. SMC offers a wide variety of vacuum pads to fulfill all your needs.

Ejectors

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.

Filters

Take a look at our filters that prevent trouble in vacuum equipment caused by contaminants in the air. With them, it is possible to achieve or exceed the declared service life of the components, which can save considerably on maintenance costs.

Switches

Do you need to know how your vacuum installation is working?
Sensor measuring needs are as vast as the solutions we have to cater to them.

Regulators

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.

Collaborative robots

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.

Do not miss how SMC solutions can specifically boost your applications

  • Advanced solutions

  • Energy efficiency

  • Smart communication

Advanced solutions

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.

Energy efficiency

Build up your complete vacuum solution

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.

Smart communication

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.

Explore The SMC Expertise Hub

 

Four ways to make your vacuum system more efficient

 By Martina Höller, Electrical technology product manager CEE, SMC Austria

JUNE 2022
With energy prices surging across Europe, efficiency has become a high priority for all manufacturing and process plants using vacuum handling systems. Fortunately, based on decades of experience and know-how, SMC can outline four simple ways that you can reduce the energy consumption of your vacuum system. Using less energy per lift/transfer will provide a direct contribution to your bottom-line profitability while simultaneously supporting industry’s drive to net-zero carbon emissions.

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Give your vacuum handling system a lift

 By Irina Hermann, Product Manager, SMC Germany

JUNE 2022
We all know that the centrepiece of any vacuum system is the application and system layout, typically involving the method of vacuum generation, and thus whether you use ejectors or pumps to generate the negative pressure and transfer the workpieces. However, there are many more important system components which, if overlooked, could mean that your vacuum handling unit fails to perform at its optimum level.

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Don’t get sucked into poor vacuum system configuration

 By Tom Litster, Engineer, Air Equipment, SMC European Technical Centre

JUNE 2022
The performance of your vacuum handling system is typically only as good as its configuration for the specific application in hand. This of course makes direct reference to the workpiece you are looking to lift or transfer in terms of its weight and shape, for example, while further considerations include target cycle time and stroke travel. Upon establishing these factors it becomes possible to experiment with vacuum level, pad diameter and number of pads to deliver the optimal-performing vacuum handling system, one that is fast, reliable and energy-efficient.

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