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News from the world of mechanical engineering.

We have compiled a selection of the most important industry news for you here. Discover specialist information on current developments, innovations, and market trends, which has been carefully selected by an expert eye. Take a look at a fascinating subject area where everything moves at a fast pace. Make sure you read every article – our news offers you tangible added value.

Oct 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group presents the next gripper generation for human-robot collaboration

Robots have long been an indispensable part of the everyday industrial, but in the future more and more people are working directly with robots or are supported by them at work. In order for this human-robot collaboration (HRC) ensure maximum safety, special robots and customized handling components are required. High demands are made both to the robot itself and to the robotic tools used. That the engineers of Zimmer Group initiated, with the gripper series GEH6060IL to develop one of the world’s first mechatronic parallel gripper, which has been specifically optimized for the human-robot collaboration.

Aug 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM

"Sommer-automatic": The brand passes into history, the products look forward to the future

The Sommer-automatic brand has served users in the automation sector for decades, but now it is time to look to the future: the Zimmer Group has now decided to cease operations with its traditional Sommer-automatic brand and transfer these components to the umbrella brand of the Zimmer Group (formerly Zimmer Technische Werkstätten), which has for many years developed and manufactured gripper, handling and robot components with its orange-colored logo. The products which were previously available under the old, trusted Sommer-automatic logo will continue to be sold, but with the Zimmer Group brand.

Jun 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM

New trade-show highlights from the Zimmer Group

The Zimmer Group will again appear at this year's AUTOMATICA 2016 (hall A5, stand 103) to showcase its key highlights and will offer a comprehensive overview of their technological innovations over the four days of the trade show.

May 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Simple, configurable, versatile, future-proof: Industry 4.0 GEH6000 gripper with IO-Link

Starting in mid-2016, the gripper trailblazer is launching the GEH6000IL gripper series, a new electric long stroke gripper. Like many of the new handling components from Zimmer Group, this gripper will be equipped with the future-proof communication system driven by IO-Link and with the ACM (previously known from the GEP/GED5000), the Advanced Control Module from Zimmer Group. This in-house development from Zimmer offers a highly flexible, future-ready and market-tested control platform with advantages for the customer. Complicated project configuration and commissioning is finally a thing of the past thanks to the Advanced Control Module. The gripper can be connected to the control system/power supply of the machine using a single cable and offers the user pre-programmed driving profiles, which can be adjusted with just a few mouse clicks to the individual requirements of the gripping application. As an Industry 4.0 component, the GEH6000IL also opens up new possibilities, such as extended diagnostics and predictive maintenance. These features improve the reliability of the entire automation application. Thanks to the capability of the gripper to communicate via IO-Link, the user has the further option of configuring the gripper and running condition monitoring using a tablet or smartphone via the Zimmer app.

Mar 15, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group brings low-price gripper to the market

Zimmer Group has further expanded its product range to include cost-effective yet robust automation components. The pioneer in grippers is now offering its customers a pneumatic parallel gripper in the form of the GPP1000 series. This gripper makes profitable production possible thanks to its remarkably low price, which is a dream come true for many customers. 

Oct 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The R800 gripper series – collaborating gripper of the future.

Do you still use your Finnish cell phone from ten years ago? – No? Exactly - Our life changes, our demands change, our world changes. The demographic development in industrial countries will lead to comprehensive changes in the working world in coming years. In the future, people will collaborate more and more with robots or have their work supported by robots. 

Oct 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

IO-Link Communicating from point to point

Machines that automatically communicate with one another, self-adapting and self - optimizing processes, completely connected production - this is the vision of the future.

The role of IO  -  Link in achieving this vision in machine construction and automation is growing in importance, and for good reason. IO  -  Link is simple and cost-effective.

Oct 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A world first: The LBHS series clamps and brakes without moving parts

After a development period of more than two years, the Zimmer Group is introducing a small sensation onto the market: A clamping/braking element that operates without any moving parts, features a narrow design and covers a wide array of installation sizes.

Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Strengthen our team in Asia

After a lot of years of successful business activities on the Asian Market, the Zimmer Group wants to strengthen as well as to intensify the presence and the activities on this sector.

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Lin, an experienced manager as regional director.

May 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Electrical handling components in pharmaceutical production

In its state-of-the-art system, the global market leader for tableting systems uses electric separators from Sommer automatic. The primary reason for this is to avoid dangers to hygiene through the omission of pneumatic drives and to increase production safety.

May 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Increasing the speed of braking and clamping elements with integrated valves

Braking elements ensure that machines and systems can come to a stop as quickly as possible in an emergency.  In order to save precious time bringing a system to a complete stop, Zimmer Group has equipped the braking elements in its UBPS series with a new feature. The electric valve for triggering the braking or clamping process is now located right in the braking element for the first time and not—as is generally the case—several meters away from the element. This provides the significant advantage that no bleeding is required for either braking or the much more frequent process of clamping the pneumatic hose. Instead, only the compressed air from the piston chamber directly at the braking element is released to the surroundings.
This significantly shortens the braking and clamping process.

Braking using an integrated valve with a typical hose length of 6.5 m, for instance, only takes 74 ms instead of the 170 ms required previously. Depending on the speed and masses being moved, this can shorten the braking distance immensely. As a result, the integrated valve can help prevent expensive crashes and loss of production. And since the compressed air in the supply line does not have to be bled continuously, air consumption also drops considerably. For a hose length starting as low as 4 meters you achieve savings of more than 90% per cycle.

May 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

New materials provide opportunity for new, efficient production concepts

The immense load-carrying capacity and low weight of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics will continue to increase the importance of the material in the future. The high-performance spindles from Zimmer Group make it possible to meet the highest quality requirements for milling, making them especially ideal for final edge machining work on workpieces.

Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Positional fastening with clamping elements from Zimmer Group

When TRUMPF decided to replace the hydraulic drive of the punching head on its TruPunch 3000 series, they needed a pneumatic solution for fixing the wiper in place. Zimmer Group quickly delivered a custom solution that has proven to be very reliable under practical conditions.

Sep 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

DNA-Struktur in StoßdämpfePowerStop shock absorbers with the structure of DNA

When James Watson and Francis Crick revealed the structure of human DNA in 1953, they answered the question of how so much genetic information can be stored biologically in such a small space: The simple, yet ingenious, helix structure. From a geometric perspective, a helix is a strand of material wound around a cylinder to create a spiral shape. Everyday examples include pressure springs or the threads of a screw. Today, the same shape that fascinated biochemical researchers is revolutionizing the way industrial shock absorbers work. This industrial helix structure is called a spiral groove.