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Mar 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer grippers automate a machine system for hardening the surface of battery terminals

In their search for a suitable gripper, Wenaroll decided to go with Zimmer Group as its gripper specialist of choice. According to Wenaroll, the company from Rheinau in Baden, Germany, had "the best reputation in the region," not to mention excellent quality and availability that the company was looking for. Four models of the GEP2000 series (GEP2010IO-05-A) were specially selected for this application: electrically driven small-part grippers that are very easy to control and were primarily designed for handling small parts (such as battery terminals) as well as for assembly tasks. For these functions, the series offers adjustable gripping forces between 40 N and 500 N and jaw strokes between six and 16 millimeters.

Mar 2, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Adaptable assembly in freely interconnected assembly systems

In the freeMoVe project, the Laboratory of Machine Tools (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University investigated the design and control of freely linked assembly systems together with end users (Infineon AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Philips Innovation Services (PInS)) and suppliers (Zimmer Group, Ifsys GmbH, Henkel + Roth GmbH and Istec GmbH ), supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT).

Feb 12, 2020 12:00:00 AM

How Kawasaki robots with Zimmer grippers caused a theater sensation

In addition to the outstanding performers, two Kawasaki BX200X industrial robots, featuring two GPP5000 series grippers by Zimmer Group from Rheinau, Germany, play a "supporting" role in a rather literal sense.

Jan 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM

RoboFill 4.0 – Robot- and gripper-assisted filling concept for customized bottle supply

The trend toward customization and personalization of mass products is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, this trend is gaining traction in food production.

Nov 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group expands its digitalization strategy with new products

The market is currently in constant motion, especially in the field of lightweight robots. An increasing number of manufacturers and models are enhancing the field of automation with robot models for highly diverse tasks, and the interfaces are just as varied as the variants of robots themselves.

Nov 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM

HRC-03 Collaborative Gripper with Freedrive Button for UR

With its broad product range shown on UR+ Solutions website, the Zimmer Group offers the best possible solutions for individual needs.

Oct 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group wins Handling Award 2019

For the 6th time, the german magazine "handling" presented the handling award for outstanding innovations on 8th of October 2019 as part of the trade show Motek in Stuttgart.

Feb 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM

A world's first in linear technology: The LKE series – fast electric clamping elements for profile rail guides

This year, Zimmer Group demonstrates its innovative strength once again and is introducing its LKE series, new on the world market, for the first time. These are electric clamping elements that will replace the previous LCE series, thanks to its greatly improved speed characteristics and simple commissioning.

Nov 8, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Smart optimization rather than investment

Numerous companies are skeptical, hesitating to take the step to digitalization. As an industry pioneer in the area of I4.0 grippers and real-time simulation, Zimmer Group is ready to convert the few remaining doubters and naysayers.

Nov 8, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group expands RBPS clamping and braking element series

By providing the functionally enhanced RBPS-A clamping and braking element series, Zimmer Group is expanding its successfully marketed RBPS series with the new feature of a simple and retrofittable sensing system.

Aug 31, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer's new GPP / GPD5000AL grippers extend the product range

The new GPP / GPD5000AL grippers from Zimmer extend the product range with two-jaw parallel grippers and three-jaw centric grippers. The unique feature of the new GPP / GPD5000AL models is the aluminum linear guide making the new grippers particularly interesting for price-conscious customers who do not want to sacrifice Zimmer proven quality.

Jul 16, 2018 12:00:00 AM

AHTE/AMTS fair China awarded Zimmer Group with Best Exhibitor and Top Ten Supplier

As a leading trade fair for automation solutions in production and assembly, feed technology and material flow, streamlining through handling technology and joining technology, AHTE/AMTS is the only exhibition in Asia covering the entire industry chain of machinery engineering and automatic production.

Jul 6, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group at VDMA-Symposium in India

VDMA India organised 1st international symposium on “Industry 4.0 – the future Concept of Manufacturing” on 6th June at Shangri-La hotel in Bangalore and on 8th June 2018 at Hyatt, Pune respectively.

Jun 12, 2018 12:00:00 AM

IF Design Award followed by prestigious Red Dot

Only a few weeks after receiving four IF DESIGN Awards, Zimmer Group has now also been honored with the renowned Red Dot Product Design Award.

Jan 30, 2018 12:00:00 AM

First Distributor Meeting in Pune - India.

Since 2017 the Zimmer Group has its own indian subsidiary in Mulshi near Pune. In January 2018 we held the first distributor meeting in Pune. Thank you very much to everyone for participating and your valuable feedbacks. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation!

May 29, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Zimmer Group Modular Transport System

At the Ligna in Hanover, the Zimmer Group presents a completely new and highly innovative category of automation components. The Modular Transport System is a modular, fully networked and scalable system of transport units for a wide range of requirements in automation and linked production.


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.