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A Nifty Bit of Automation

See video showing how this VMC acts as its own parts loader.

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See video showing how this VMC acts as its own parts loader.

Last year, I visited Schunk’s facility in Morrisville, North Carolina. While there, Milton Guerry, head of the company’s U.S. operations, showed me a gripper Schunk had developed to enable its VMCs to act as their own parts loaders for producing toolholders. I wanted to get video of the gripper, but it was tough to get a good angle looking into the workzone. So we popped the access panel off the left side of the machine so I could get the footage shown here.

Schunk now offers this gripper to shops looking for a low-cost way to implement automation. Here’s a bit more about how the gripper works.

(No editors were harmed in the filming of this video.)