Video: Machine Tool Serves as its Own Robot

Schunk’s Gripper with Spindle Interface device enables a machine to load and unload workpieces on its own. See how.


Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

At Eastec, I learned that Schunk has offered its Grippers with Spindle Interface devices as a standard product line for the past two years. I first learned of the concept years earlier while visiting the company’s U.S. headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina. Schunk designed the device for its own in-house manufacturing use. An internal spring holds the gripper’s fingers open until it is overcome by the pressure of through-spindle coolant or compressed air. Here’s the video I took at Schunk of the device in action.