Today’s market dynamics demand shorter product life cycles making it imperative for the manufacturing companies to invest in flexible systems and have the bandwidth to cope up with changing machining requirements. Identifying this need of the hour SCHUNK; one of the pioneers in gripping systems and clamping technology since the last 70 years came out with its new offering – ‘VERO-E compact GSE’. Tailored especially for the Indian machine tool sector, it is a modular quick-change pallet system, which is suited for extremely fast resetting of workpieces, clamping devices and other equipment on 3, 4 and 5-axis machining centres.

Aligned to needs

Elaborating in this context, Satish Sadasivan, Managing Director, SCHUNK Intec India emphasized that the new VERO-E compact Zero point clamping technology is not a catalogue product and is mainly made to suit the requirements of the Indian machine tool builders. He added, “We are closely working with Indian machine tool manufacturers and intend to serve them better through quick changeovers on the machines they currently use. With this we plan to expand our presence in India.”

Quick change pallet systems have enormous capacity. “Now we have a system that is not only perfectly aligned but also features approximately two and a half times clamping force of machine belt.”

Optimization is the key

Moreover, by reducing the retooling times up to 90 per cent, the system facilitates in providing optimal utilization of the machine capacity. Setting up the workpieces outside the machine in parallel to the processing time minimizes downtimes enormously contributing to cost savings. The set-up time ensures higher machine running times and better production from batch size 1. From the cost saving point of view, the VERO-E-compact GSE system is useful for producing small batch quantities and comprehensive range of workpieces. Its Turbo integration feature helps to pull-down force thereby increasing 300 per cent for optimal utilization of the machine’s performance.

Reliability matters

Creating a master trend, this system is known for setting great production variability. In the recent scenario, when most of the machines and technology comes with a less shelf life, these solutions guarantee a larger life span and process reliability. To add on, the system is moulded with a base body and all functional components like clamping pins and slides that are made of hardened stainless steel, blending forth modules are completely maintenance-free and hermetically sealed against dirt, chips, and coolants.

All pneumatic modules can be operated with a system pressure of 6 bars, without adhering on additional pressure intensifiers. The machines allow positioning via short taper, allowing easy connecting interface with a repeat accuracy of 0.005 mm. Its rigid clamping operation helps to avoid vibration and is equipped with a self-retained locking system. For safety and security reasons, the system operates on one consistent clamping pin size for all VERO-E compact GSE-modules and hence avoids danger, confusion or incorrect operation.

Serving one and all

Widely acknowledged by myriad industry sectors for its specialty in offering room even to the smallest machine tables, the company’s stationary clamping systems ensure the micron-precise link between the machine table and the workpiece. Whether pneumatic, hydraulic, manual or magnetic, SCHUNK is well-equipped to provide tailored fitting solutions to customers from wide-ranging industry sectors.

The working of ‘VERO-E compact’ was deftly displayed on DMG MORI’s state-of-the-art technology ‘DMU 65 monoBLOCK,’ to its customers. The monoBLOCK series has a machine concept for every sector and every component produced is an impressive masterpiece. According to Sadasivan, DMG MORI offers very high-end machines and SCHUNK takes pride in working together to bring out a revolution in the machine industry with its products.

Customer-centric

“All our products are synonymous with good quality and speak for its performance. We are proud to build a support mechanism with a backup plan, in the case of any technical issues or break down, within the warranty period. Fit and forget is the mantra behind any SCHUNK product,” shared Sadasivan. Validating this point, BN Chandrashekharaiah, General Manager – Metal Products Power Transfer Technology, Mersen India Pvt Ltd mentioned, “We provide Earth Return Current Units (ERCU) to the Bangalore Metro. While working on such a prestigious project, downtime is the last thing we can think of. In such a scenario, SCHUNK’s gripping system does wonders. Additionally, SCHUNK provides good after sales service.”

Alternately, Titan Industries Ltd began the use of SCHUNK’s product eight years ago. Since then the company has installed SCHUNK’s systems on most of its machines. “These products give excellent ROI. Within six months we can see the benefits. In other words, it is worth the investment,” noted Venkat Subramanian, Senior Engineer, Titan Industries Ltd.

Nagaraja BC, Director, Abhiyant Technologies Pvt Ltd also finds SCHUNK’s products impressive. He further added, “We strongly recommend SCHUNK products to our customers, with batch production requirements.” Agreeing to the same, Senior Manager, Production, Ace Multi Axes Systems Ltd said, “SCHUNK’s technology as well as service is very good. We have been using their products since almost a decade. We have already provided our requirements and placed an order for the latest Vero-E compact Cut from the company.”

Expansion plans - Roadmap

In order to further strengthen relationships with the customers and educate them on the company’s products, SCHUNK plans to put forward a training program. It will enable customers to use the company’s products efficiently. Another assurance that the company gives is to deliver proper machining of workpieces, ensuring the longevity of the products.

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