SCHUNK presented intelligent gripping systems for smart production

Review of the Hannover Messe 2017

SCHUNK became a crowd-puller
all about the smart production

For a long time a hidden champion among German SMEs – now an international trendsetter of smart production: with the winning of the Hermes Award, with its live applications on the topic of human/robot collaboration and with its intelligent tools for the smart factory, SCHUNK was a crowd-puller at the Hannover Messe 2017.

Besides German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Beata Szydło and EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Economic Affair Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut and a lot of press representatives and specialists from all over the world visited the pavilion of the innovative family-owned company in order to find out more about the future of handling in smart production environments of industry 4.0.

In the field of human/robot collaboration alone, SCHUNK demonstrated the wide range of possibilities of barrier-free collaboration between humans and robots using six Co-act demonstrators.

Impressions of a week full of highlights

Smart product life cycle – Equipped by SCHUNK

SCHUNK products, tools, and services for smart production
As the leading supplier of robots and production machines, SCHUNK is "closest to the part." Our components and services play a decisive role in digitalization and production.

SCHUNK wins Hermes-Award 2017

The Hermes Award, one of the most covered technology prizes in the world, goes to the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology SCHUNK from Lauffen, Germany this year. During the opening of the Hannover Messe by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Managing Partner Henrik A. Schunk accepted the award from the Federal Education Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka. The SCHUNK gripper JL1 Co-act, the world's first intelligent gripping module for human/robot collaboration to directly interact and communicate with humans, was demonstrated for the first time.

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The new SCHUNK cutting-edge technology for collaborative gripping

Safe gripping has a name now. With its NEW SCHUNK technology carrier, gripper JL1 Co-act, SCHUNK is setting the course for the first intelligent HRC gripper that interacts directly with humans. Adjustments to the gripping processes can be made in real time using diverse sensor systems. In essence, various "senses" are used to record, evaluate and communicate situational, ambient and operational conditions.

In the future, SCHUNK Co-act grippers will be able to transmit all relevant data about processes and surroundings to the control and production systems. The focus will be on process optimization, the intelligent flow of materials and continuous documentation. The system perfectly enhances the intuitive interaction between the gripper and the operator.

About the world's first HRC gripper portfolio with application examples

The German Chancellor visits SCHUNK, the winner of the Hermes Award 2017

SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology from Lauffen, Germany achieved a rousing start to the Hannover Messe: right from the opening of the world's leading industrial trade show by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the innovative family-owned company was distinguished with the Hermes Award 2017, one of the most coveted technology prizes in the world, by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka. During her visit to the trade show on Monday, the Chancellor visited SCHUNK's show booth and Henrik A. Schunk, the Managing Partner of SCHUNK, the innovative family-owned company, presented smart gripping modules that facilitate direct collaboration between humans and robots (HRC). With its HRC grippers from the SCHUNK Co-act range, the Swabian technology expert is making an important contribution towards the future of production.

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Safety ensured!
The world's first certified HRC gripper

SVH 5-Finger Hand

The competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology has succeeded in taking a decisive step on the way to safe human/robot collaboration: as the world's first robot gripper, the SCHUNK SVH 5-finger hand has been certified and approved by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) for collaborative operation.

Read more about the first DGUV-certified gripper

Computer-aided, realistic
simulation of SCHUNK products
in real time.

Digital twin – what does this mean?

A digital twin is the digital form of a real object. The basis is the 3D CAD model, to which all product features, functions and process parameters are assigned – from the material to the sensor system, to the movement and dynamics. As an intelligent 3D model, the Digital Twin facilitates a realistic simulation in a computer-aided simulation environment.
All aspects of the operation and processes can be tested in real time. This facilitates the programming and optimizing of the sequence and the testing of extreme situations before the availability of individual components and modules.

In short: virtual commissioning will be possible before the planning phase.

Virtual production: SCHUNK models digital gripper twins for high-performance assembly

3D finger
designer eGRIP
New: Gripper fingers made of aluminum or steel in our online shop

Gripper fingers at the press of a button

  • Shortens design and ordering time to 15 minutes
  • Calculates gripper fingers with optimal 3D contouring with minimal effort
  • Realizes even complex geometries within a short period of time
  • Automatically calculates price and delivery time
  • Can be ordered immediately via the integrated Webshop
  • User-friendly: SCHUNK eGRIP can also be used 24 hours a day without requiring your own CAD program

More about eGRIP

Application and product videos

Co-act Gripper JL1

Gripper Co-act JL1

SCHUNK Finger Designer eGRIP

SCHUNK eGRIP Finger Designer

SCHUNK Grippers

The new SCHUNK grippers

SCHUNK Imagemovie

SCHUNK image film

Current press releases on the
HMI 2017

Human/robot collaboration, digitalization, and innovations. The SCHUNK press kit for the HMI contains the latest information on our
hot topics and products.

Press kit Hannover Messe 2017

Photographic material "The German Chancellor visits SCHUNK, winner of the Hermes Award 2017"

Press release "The German Chancellor visits SCHUNK, winner of the Hermes Award 2017"

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