There was a time when engineers had to design automation systems completely from the “ground up” using basic unguided actuators. Today, there are many companies offering high-quality standard engineered components, from robotic grippers to guided linear and rotational components that are pneumatically and electrically actuated.

Building on this progress, modular actuators are now available to further simplify and improve the machine design process. Using modular actuators can help the user to:

1. Eliminate time and costs: Using modular components can save thousands of dollars compared with producing and designing custom adapters.

2. Achieve reliable components sizing: With modular components, subsystem design is pre-engineered and can be checked using computer software allowing for fast calculations, even with a wide range of input variables.

3. Make changes: A truly modular system incorporates standardized mounting and location features on its components, allowing for changes with minimal drawing revisions.

Custom machine design engineers no longer have to design their own grippers and guided cylinders, nor do they have to design their own subassemblies of guided actuators. Modular components simplify the machine design process, improve reliability, reduce mistakes and contribute to faster development times from concepts to completed machines producing products on a factory floor.

From individual, multiaxis assembly solutions to complete function units-the Gemotec system from SCHUNK offers a technologically advanced and comprehensive modular handling system for small parts handling and assembly automation. The entire system is modular and highly dynamic.

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