Pneumatics & Hydraulics


SMC’s magnetic gripper for safe handling without the need for vacuum

August 2017 Pneumatics & Hydraulics

SMC has added to its gripper range with the launch of the MHM-X6400, which uses a magnet for the handling of steel plate, without the need for vacuum. Ideal for workpieces with uneven or irregular surfaces, or featuring holes, this magnetic gripper provides reliable and safe handling at reduced cycle times for improved productivity. It’s also ideal for many varied sheet metal handling applications including robotic systems.

In developing this product, SMC has looked to improve its handling flexibility by using magnetic grippers where vacuum was never an option due to the inherent limitations of a vacuum system. With a holding force of up to 120 N, the MHM-X6400 continues to hold a workpiece even when air supply is lost completely or pressure drops are experienced, offering peace of mind when it comes to reliable and safe movement of workpieces. Furthermore, with a residual holding force of only 0,3 N or less, cycle times are reduced and productivity output is improved.

Product manager of SMC Pneumatics, Brian Abbott explains that the MHM-X6400 fills a void and satisfies a need which vacuum could previously not accommodate.

Suitable for a range of transfer applications, the holding force of the MHM-X6400 can be adjusted by simply changing the height of the bumper being used. Made from Fluororubber, the bumper also prevents the workpiece from slipping and damaging during operations, improving safety.

Featuring three mountable surfaces and the option to mount auto switches, the MHM-X6400 offers flexibility and greater process control.

For more information contact SMC Pneumatics South Africa, +27 (0)11 100 5866, sales@smcpneumatics.co.za, www.smcpneumatics.co.za



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