The SMC Corporation is showcasing a range of ‘Next Gen’ components at the Foodtech Packtech 2021 in Auckland this week.
Answering the call by manufacturers for components to support robotic applications, SMC created a range of lightweight, compact and energy efficient products such as the EX600-W (wireless) fieldbus system and the EX260 integrated fieldbus system.
The EX600-W is the world’s first integrated wireless valve system, designed to benefit any robotic application.
Shyam Suresh, branch manager for SMC Corporation Auckland, said the EX600-W offers less cables and connectors, less installation and maintenance, less breakage and disconnection risk, as well as an increase in machine availability.
Meanwhile, the EX260 can be mounted directly onto a robot arm.
“It’s lightweight and offers a quick connection time”, said Suresh.
SMC also introduced the narrowest 5-port solenoid valve on the market, the new JSY series, at just 6.4mm the new compact is a flexible and light-weight solution with a flow rate of 179 to 1551 l/min.
Thanks to its speed, cycle times are decreased, and productivity is increased, which makes it a great addition for installations where improving efficiency is critical.
In addition, SMC offers various other end-effectors and develops plug-and-play grippers and vacuum systems for all robot suppliers.
“They are based on energy efficiency and performance, with special focus on size and weight optimisation,” said Suresh.
“The consideration of weight, overall dimensions and ergonomics assist machine wrist movements and avoid limiting its performance.”
SMC’s components can be used for robotic applications such as welding, glass handling, gripping, lifting, vertical handling, vacuum manipulation, wrapped food transportation, energy efficient packaging and more.
“Today it is all about efficient, quality manufacturing with no room for error,” said Suresh.
“At the same time, manufacturers are thinking of new ways to ensure social distancing and to deal with challenges around shortened supply chains, lights-out manufacturing and reshoring.”