The production departments of companies, which machine wood and plastic are often equipped with modern, high-performance CNC machining centres with fast tool-changing facilities.
However, the handling and clamping of the workpieces is still done conventionally, leading to slow and clumsy operations compromising on efficiency.
The prerequisites for the use of vacuum clamping systems on modern CNC woodworking centres made by the various manufacturers differ widely. To address these problems, vacuum specialists Schmalz, represented by Millsom Materials Handling in Australia and New Zealand, offer a wide product range of vacuum clamping systems, which includes standardised vacuum clamping systems with greater holding force compared to existing systems.
The suction blocks used in these systems are fully compatible with the originals and thus fit precisely into the mountings on widely used Italian CNC machining centres. The clamping or suction blocks VC-B and VC-S are available in new sizes, permitting retrofitting on all machines made by major Italian companies.
In addition, the adapter plates can be used to extend the clamping range as far as the end stops, permitting narrow and curved workpieces to be positioned precisely. The suction blocks VC-B and VC-S are equipped as standard with sensing valves, which allows unused bocks to be left on the console.
The usable Z height is maintained since the suction blocks can be used either alone or together with the original suction pads. This design allows users to save money and gradually convert their machines to the standard suction pads from Schmalz, whose sealing lips can be replaced quickly, more easily and cost effectively without the need for adhesives, when they become worn.
In addition to the vacuum clamping system VC-B/VC-S, Schmalz offers four clamping-technology solutions for multifarious applications. Vacuum clamping systems from Schmalz are fitted as original equipment on many machines and are also suitable for upgrading existing and older machining centres. The range includes vacuum clamping systems that can be fitted onto most manufacturers’ machines.