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innovative vacuum technology for lithium-ion Battery production
J. Schmalz GmbH
Aacher Strasse 29
72293 Glatten, Germany
Year of establishment:
1910
Employees:
Approx. 800 (2013)
Contact
Dr. Mathias Kunz
Phone: +49 7443 2443 519
Fax: +49 7443 2403 9519
The high pressure to reduce costs forces
producers of lithium-ion batteries to continually
improve product quality, process reliability and
output volumes in the production of these
high-performance energy storage devices. The
latter is achieved through innovative technolo-
gies in the area of automation and handling:
electrodes, separators and entire cells must be
stacked, buffered, fed and separated in pick and
place processes. And this must occur quickly,
reliably, reproducibly, exactly and free of con-
tamination. Especially in the case of ceramic or
synthetic components, conventional gripper sys-
tems quickly reach their limits. The vacuum grip-
pers developed by Schmalz specifically for this
purpose are perfectly suited for application with
these sensitive battery components in high-speed
processes; for exact positioning, free of damage
and contamination. Design features like the
large suction surface provide for a strong hold
despite low vacuum levels required for handling
such sensitive components. These features have
successfully undergone contamination tests by
Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart. The wide range of
Schmalz’s standard components allows the indi-
vidual configuration of gripper solutions, for
example using the low-marking and electro-
lyte-resistant grippers made of FPM. The high-
performing compact ejectors from the SMPi
series allow full process control and reliability.
The SMPi, being the first vacuum generator on
the market, features the future-proof IO-link
technology.
The world of vacuum technology
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