Zimmer Group has introduced the GEH6000IL gripper series, a new electric programmable long stroke gripper. This new product from Zimmer Group is equipped with the future-proof communication system driven by IO-Link.
Complicated project configuration and commissioning is finally a thing of the past. 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. It can also be adjusted with just a few mouse clicks of the individual requirements to change the gripping configuration.
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.
An integrated absolute position measuring system means no repositioning at system start-up or after an emergency stop. It also means that the maximum gripping force is now achieved after a travel movement of less than 1 mm. External sensors are no longer necessary to identify positions or work-pieces.
Communication system of the future: Activation via IO-Link
IO-Link offers outstanding advantages in that it can be used to connect sensors and actuators to any higher-level control system, independently of the previously selected architecture of the Fieldbus and control system. IO-Link enables extensive control and diagnostics for the entire system with cycle times lasting only a few milliseconds.
For the grippers of the GEH6000IL series, this means that it is possible to adjust the gripping force or the gripping speed using the central control system. Current and future demands for a flexible and compact gripper that is easy to integrate is finally fulfilled. The result is that the GEH6000IL series is “Ready for Industry 4.0” today.
IO-Link is very easy to use. The device setting data can either be entered manually or taught via pairing. It can be saved centrally and transferred very easily to devices with the same function. Actuators and sensors can be exchanged during ongoing operation and initialized if necessary. This leads to substantial time savings during commissioning.
A single IO-Link master can have one or multiple IO-Link ports, each of which establishes point-to-point communication with the device. The IO-Link masters connect with higher-level field bus system such as Ethernet I/P, CC-Link or CC-Link IE Field, Profinet, etc. This simple wiring allows for a quick and error-free assembly. As a result, commissioning times are as short as possible, and downtimes are reduced, leading to increased machine availability.
The superior proportion of gripping force to mass, volume and price enable you to have the maximum level of process reliability and cost optimization in the smallest amount of space. With a brushless drive technology, position, speed and force control in combination with a self-limitation mechanism guarantees the highest amount of functionality.
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